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Swingers' Paradise (1964)

Wonderful Life (original title)
Not Rated | | Music, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1964 (UK)
A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up.


Sidney J. Furie


Peter Myers (original story and screenplay), Ronald Cass (original story and screenplay)




Credited cast:
Cliff Richard ... Johnnie
Walter Slezak ... Lloyd Davis
Susan Hampshire ... Jenny Taylor
Hank B. Marvin Hank B. Marvin ... Hank (as The Shadows)
Bruce Welch Bruce Welch ... Bruce (as The Shadows)
Brian Bennett ... Brian (as The Shadows)
John Rostill John Rostill ... John (as The Shadows)
Melvyn Hayes ... Jerry
Richard O'Sullivan ... Edward
Una Stubbs ... Barbara Tate
Derek Bond ... Douglas Leslie
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Sheik / Scotsman / Harold
Joseph Cuby ... Miguel (as Joe Cuby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Royston Ellis Royston Ellis
The Shadows The Shadows ... The Shadows


A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Cliff's back! - He's swingin' singin' livin' and dancin' to a dozen it tunes!


Music | Musical | Romance


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Did You Know?


Derek Bond was booked after Dennis Price who was first hired was fired. See more »


At the end of the "Home" sequence, Johnny, Jerry and Edward sit on the back of the boat and have to pretend they are falling backwards off the stern. Moments before they are supposed to fall, the hands of two or three members of the crew can be seen raising into shot ready to catch them. See more »


References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »


A Little Imagination
Written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass
Performed by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
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Nonsensical muscial comedy is nevertheless Cliff Richard's best in the muscial genre
2 November 2003 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

A truly nonsenscial muscial comedy, it's nevertheless Cliff Richard's best in the musical genre. ( He did a couple of dramatic films which were his best) A rather bland singer competing with his similar American counterparts Elvis Presley and Frankie Avalon, Richards fared no better than they in comedy and musical scripts. This one at least contains Susan Hampshire and Walter Slezak. What makes this movie so entertaining is the zippy pace and the surprisingly great dancing and choreography. The big dance number on the set by the whole crew is spectacular and rivals "West Side Story". Incidentally, the long-legged Richards keeps right up with the rest of them and does even better at it than his singing! The cute little send-up of the history of the movies is also very entertaining.

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Release Date:

3 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Swingers' Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivy Productions [gb] See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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