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Play It Cool (1962)

Stars Billy Fury (Britain's answer to Elvis Presley) and features cameos from some other stars from the sixties, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (better known as Alvin ... See full summary »

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Michael Winner

Writer:

Jack Henry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Fury ... Billy Universe
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Alvin
Dennis Price ... Sir Charles Bryant
Richard Wattis ... Nervous Man
Anna Palk ... Ann Bryant
Keith Hamshere ... Ring-a-Ding
Ray Brooks ... Freddy
Jeremy Bulloch ... Joey
Maurice Kaufmann ... Larry Granger
Peter Barkworth ... Skinner
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Lotus Proprietor
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Horace - the Beatnik Man
Felicity Young Felicity Young ... Yvonne Pemberton
Helen Shapiro ... Herself
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ... Sydney Norman
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Stars Billy Fury (Britain's answer to Elvis Presley) and features cameos from some other stars from the sixties, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (better known as Alvin Stardust). On a plane is Billy and his band on their way to take part in a song contest, also on board is Ann Bryant, who's been abroad by her wealthy father, to stop her infatuation with popstar Larry Granger. The plane is forced to return to the airport and Billy and his band persuade Ann to join them and together they search London's nightclubs for Larry.

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Twist Vs. Swing! See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eggande toner See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

The statue of the troglodyte guitarist which appears in the nightclub also appears in Rudi's Bar in The Human Jungle S1/6 A Friend of the Sergeant Major (4/5/63) and the maze of Laurence Olivier's House in Sleuth (1972) See more »

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Referenced in H: Une histoire de mec formidable (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Play It Cool
Written by Norrie Paramor
Sung by Billy Fury
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the last days of an old music

One of Michael Winner's first films, he was 27 at the time, this is no great film but has charm and significance aplenty. The songs are not very strong, the acting even less so, but Winner keeps things moving along and if the story is weak, at least we don't hang about. Instead of this being a stage-bound, 'Let's put on a show' type effort it does give the impression of being something more exciting and 'happening'. Unfortunately for the makers not just the music world but the world itself was about to change. Six months after the release of this film The Beatles released their first single and within another three months they were a phenomenon and joined by The Rolling Stones and many others. The fifties would finally be over, even though this would be 1963 and the sixties would commence, a little late but with great voice. So this film represents a showcase for the last days of an old music and pretty tired it was becoming, too. Billy Fury does okay and all the performers do as well as they can be expected to with average material and are captured as excitingly as possible by the director.


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