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Summer Holiday (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 18 February 1963 (UK)
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

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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From the First Kiss to the Last Blush It's the Craziest Riot On Wheels! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacaciones de verano See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff RIchard couldn't attend the film's premiere because when he arrived in his chauffeur-driven limo, more than 3,000 fans surged forward, threatening to mob him. Cliff was trapped inside the car and the police instructed the chauffeur to drive away, with Cliff still in the back. So that night Cliff sat in his manager's flat and watched a boxing match on TV. "It was particularly frustrating because I so much wanted to be at the premiere, and I'd even turned down a South African tour for it", later revealed Cliff. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby/Barbara settles down into the sleeping bag he/she still has his/her woman's shoes on. See more »

Quotes

DonCyrilSteveEdwin: [singing] For as guys we're really qualified / There's no need to look terrified / For when you have tried, you will say "wide-eyed", we are just what the doctor specified / We are pleading please let us take you for a ride with us! / Ride with us!
[short music break in which the car backfires leaving everyone with black faces]
DonCyrilSteveEdwin: Please let us take you for a ride!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Peppermint Soda (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Swinging Affair
By Peter Myers Ronald Cass
Sung by Cliff Richard and Grazina Frame (uncredited)
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"We're going where the sun shines brightly, we're going where the sea is blue"
23 June 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Redefines family entertainment. I had totally forgotten about this mini-musical until I came across it on the IMDb just five minutes ago, whilst looking for something else that I really don't care about now.

Dear old Sir Cliff! What a time to be 18/19! I was actually just 17 when this came out and so hopelessly in love with my cousin there WAS nothing else in my life at the time. God was feeling charitable towards me in those days and orchestrated events so that she happened to come to my hometown and stay over. I asked her to go to the local theater with me and we sat in the back row watching this film....least SHE did, I had other things on my mind! What does the plot matter? Cliff as a bus driver taking his friends (Cliff's backing group - The Shadows...how odd I can remember those names...Jet Harris, Tony Meehan and Hank Marvin....and I haven't even thought about them for forty years!) on a European vacation and picking up girls on the way - between songs of course.

God! I'd like to see this again! I still have the original 45 rpm release! (for those of you could really care).


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