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Sing and Swing (1963)

Live It Up! (original title)

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writers:

Lyn Fairhurst (original story), Lyn Fairhurst (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Dave Martin
Jennifer Moss Jennifer Moss ... Jill
John Pike John Pike ... Phil
Heinz Burt Heinz Burt ... Ron
Steve Marriott ... Ricky (as Stephen Marriott)
Joan Newell Joan Newell ... Margaret Martin
Ed Devereaux ... Herbert Martin
Veronica Hurst Veronica Hurst ... Kay
Penny Lambirth Penny Lambirth ... Barbara
Peter Glaze Peter Glaze ... Mike Moss
David Bauer ... Mark Watson
Anthony Ashdown Anthony Ashdown ... Bob
Douglas Ives Douglas Ives ... Bingo
Paul Hansard Paul Hansard ... Film Director
Geoff L'Cise Geoff L'Cise ... Assistant
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A film for the young at heart See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sing and Swing See more »

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Mono
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The band's live TV performance is called off at the last minute to be replaced by a news flash about a cricket match. The match was fictional, but the announcer says it is being played in Australia. If that were so, because of the time zone difference, it would be reported in the morning, UK time, not the evening.

The announcer also says that Freddie Trueman will be opening the batting. That would have been incorrect: as he has already said, Trueman - a real cricketer who died in 2006, and was briefly the father in law of American actress Raquel Welch - was a bowler. See more »

Connections

Followed by Be My Guest (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Law and disorder
Music and Lyrics Composed by Joe Meek
The Outlaws
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wonderful 1963 UK rock-and-roll film, with David Hemmings and distinctive Joe Meek music, but not for all tastes!
25 March 2005 | by django-1See all my reviews

I've been watching some of the US (dating before Hard Day's Night) rock and roll movies over the last few months, and this UK effort from 1963 is much better than virtually all of them. First, it's very well acted and the script is full of little details that make the characters seem real--the Dad who works the night shift and rides on his son, but privately hopes that the son proves him wrong and stands up to him; the Mom who once had been an entertainer of some sort and understands her son's need to perform, but is also grounded in the real world; the hilarious American TV and film producer who is a tasteless and boorish man (kind of like Jack Palance's character in CONTEMPT but funnier) yet incredibly creative in his own strange way (a shame he didn't arrive on the scene 30 years later, he could have worked for the Fox Network!). David Hemmings does a fantastic job as the young messenger-service worker who buys all the music magazines, practices the guitar, listens to records all the time, and has the burning desire to play rock and roll. UK singing sensation and Joe Meek protégé Heinz Burt, whose records I always enjoyed (and who sings a few songs here), handles the acting well also as a member of Hemmings' band (as is a young Steve Marriott). As for the music, well, how much do you like Joe Meek's patented other-worldly production sound? I played my fiancée a few of the songs, and she asked "is that sea of echo and all the distortion intentional?" Yes is the answer. Meek also wrote virtually all the music in the film, including one number sung by Gene Vincent (I thought I had most of Vincent's records, but I sure as heck do not have this Meek-produced song, which Vincent sings while polishing some huge steam-powered locomotive or something, and while flirting with a young lady). Some of the female Meek vocalists are a little imprecise in the intonation department, and on the whole the rockers work better than the ballads, which tend to be of the moon/June variety. But the rockers are incredible, including the title track, LIVE IT UP, which is performed a few times in the film. Some of Meek's fine instrumental units perform too, and it's fascinating to see a world depicted where the musical backdrop is produced by Joe Meek. It's like some kind of alternate universe. My copy is a few generations removed from a UHF TV broadcast in the early 80's (probably the last period when one could see something like this on TV), and it also sports the much less interesting US release title SING AND SWING. For any fan of Joe Meek or of David Hemmings, this is an amazing film, and as an American I find the depiction of the up and coming British rocker quite convincing. I wish that I had seen this film as a child back in the 60s--I didn't see it at all until the late 1980's. It is crying out for a DVD release. Fans of 1960's rock and roll films should track this one down...


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