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Summer Holiday (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 15 March 1963 (Ireland)
A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Peter Myers (original story and screenplay), Ronald Cass (original story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Richard ... Don
Lauri Peters ... Barbara
Melvyn Hayes ... Cyril
Una Stubbs ... Sandy
Teddy Green Teddy Green ... Steve
Pamela Hart Pamela Hart ... Angie
Jeremy Bulloch ... Edwin
Jacqueline Daryl Jacqueline Daryl ... Mimsie
Madge Ryan ... Stella
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Jerry
Christine Lawson Christine Lawson ... Annie
Ron Moody ... Orlando
David Kossoff ... Magistrate
Wendy Barrie Wendy Barrie ... Shepherdess / Dancer (as Wendy Barry)
Nicholas Phipps ... Wrightmore
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A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they will own and be in charge of a whole fleet. While on the road in France they pick up 3 ladies whose car breaks down and offer to take them to their next singing job in Athens. They also pick up a stowaway. A young, American boy. Meanwhile, a young American female singer has gone missing. Her mother (who is a VERY ambitious woman) and her aid take the story to the press and it makes the front page. They do all they can to make the story run for as long as possible, including misdirecting the bus up an extremely steep Yugoslavian hill. We find out the young American boy is actually the young American girl who is missing. Mayhem ensues as the lead character, Don (Cliff Richard) falls for Barbara. Eventually, when the 8 bus riders reach Athens, they're arrested for kidnapping. In front of her mother and a ... Written by Joliet and Flavia17

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The Young Ones Have Gone Abroad! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Trivia

The song "Really Waltzing" by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass which contains the couplet "And if you'll pardon the simile/I'm a Romberg and Friml-y" is a clear appropriation of an earlier song written by Tom Lehrer entitled "The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz" which contains the couplet "You lips were like wine, if you'll pardon the simile/The music was lovely and quite Rudolf Friml-y". See more »

Goofs

Cliff and his mates are wearing the same clothes for 7 days during the bus repairs/remodelling. See more »

Quotes

Angie: Do you call everybody Charlie?
Steve: Only the people I like.
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Crazy Credits

"The Shadows and their guitars" are credited in the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood U.K.: Making It in London (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Us Take You For A Ride
By Peter Myers Ronald Cass
Sung by Cliff Richard and The Mike Sammes Singers (uncredited)
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Cliff Takes Europe
7 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Summer Holiday finds British pop sensation Cliff Richard cast as a London bus driver who along with three of his mates take a London double-decker bus to Europe and outfit it as a sleep in. If it's successful they want to get a franchise for a fleet of them. Nice entrepreneurship if nothing else. His mates just happen to be the members of the band who back him up.

There are so many numbers in this film that it would qualify as a full blown musical very much along the lines of what Colonel Tom Parker was arranging for Elvis Presley to star in. Personally after seeing two of Richard's films I think he's stylistically more like Ricky Nelson or Frankie Avalon. But the film is an Elvis type musical with a British twist.

Richard's a pleasant enough singer, but Presley beats him as an actor by light years. In his second film the very serious Expresso Bongo, Richard had his best role as essentially playing himself.

The budding entrepreneurs pick up Lauri Peters who was a performer herself and running away from her domineering mother Madge Ryan. If I had a mother like Ryan I'd run away too. Ryan chews two or three sofa beds in her performance, one of the most outrageously overacted I've ever seen. Second to her is Ron Moody who plays a French mime whom the boys pick up while making their trip from France to Athens. The presence of these two people show that like Presley in the USA, Cliff Richard's managers are making sure he gets good support in his films.


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Country:

UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

15 March 1963 (Ireland) See more »

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Summer Holiday See more »

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Ivy Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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