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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

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Jack Henry
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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 Helen Shapiro ... Herself
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ... Sydney Norman
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Storyline

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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Top Twisters vs. Hot Swingers in Musical Battle Royal! 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 »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

But I Don't Care
Music by Norrie Paramor
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Sung by Helen Shapiro
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Fury is really on song
24 March 2006 | by hlw-3See all my reviews

In 2003, I was responsible for having the one remaining print of this film repaired and shown in a full-scale, traditional cinema for the first time in about 35 years - appropriately the screen backed a stage on which Billy Fury actually performed twice. It is true that many very poor pop music films were produced in Britain in the early 1960s. Play It Cool is not, however, a poor film. It has a charm, drive and integrity that singles it out from the dross. Billy Fury never claimed to be a natural actor. In interviews, he said repeatedly that he was keen to take cameo roles that gave him the opportunity to focus with intensity on his character. However, Play It Cool placed on his shoulders the responsibility of accepting the entire focus of the plot, and he brought energy and imagination to the role. Michael Winner has often remarked on the respect he felt for Billy Fury in accepting a star role in a medium that was so foreign to him, and in delivering such an authoritative performance. I am more than happy to simply endorse Mr Winner's verdict.


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