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  1. Once Billy Graham realised that a big name like Cliff was "in the fold", he wasted no time in getting him to further the cause. "Two a Penny" was financed by Graham's organisation - World Wide Pictures, and featured extensive footage of his 1967 London Crusade at Earl's Court. It turned up in Sheffield at Studio 7 (of all places!), and was really quite good. I had been to see "The Taming of the Shrew" the week before (Sept, 68), and was intrigued by the trailer for "Two a Penny"....so I went. Cliff wasn't over convincing as a drug pushing thug (how could he be?), but....full marks for effort. Dora Bryan was excellent as his mother though. It was all about Cliff getting dragged along to one of Billy Graham's meetings by his girlfriend and, eventually "seeing the light". When I was doing my data base for Sheffield cinemas, I didn't keep a full record for The Wicker / Studio 7 as most of the films shown there were cheapo sex, or horror movies. However, there was a period in the late 60's when they started to get first runs of some prestige movies..... due mostly to the tying up of the Odeon for nearly 18 months by "The Sound of Music". Things like "A Man for all Seasons", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Thomas Crown Affair", "Romeo & Juliet" and "Paint Your Wagon" all had good runs there. I don't have the exact dates, so I didn't include them in my longest running list. I really should do, I guess, because "Taming of the Shrew" ran for 6 weeks and "Man for all Seasons" for 7 weeks. I must do an update. The LP from the film. The girl involved was Ann Holloway.
  2. Yes....she was Dave. Voice like a foghorn ! But - don't worry. She wasn't Cliff''s love interest in the film. That was Viviane Ventura.......who later went steady with the Sultan of Brunei. And he's got even more money than Cliff !
  3. I remember that "Finders Keepers" sort of - crept up, unannounced! It had been over two years since his last film "Wonderful Life", and, for me at any rate, Cliff was going through quite a fallow period in his career and hadn;t been in the limelight as much as he had been before the Beatles,etc.. I think he had been off, finding Christianity, with Billy Graham? This movie was not as big an extravaganza as the three he made for ABC This one was more a story with a few songs thrown in, and was based on an actual event that had happened a short time before. That was when America had accidently dropped (and lost!) a large bomb out of a plane, somewhere over Spain...... I think they did eventually find it ? So.....what a perfect premise for a Cliff Richard movie ! It did feature the hit song "Time Drags By", which he did with the Shads, and it played for one week at the Sheffield Gaumont - w/c January 22nd, 1967.
  4. Whilst "Wonderful Life" was a hit, and it certainly didn't get overlooked, it was never as popular as the first two films. Despite a huge amount of pre-publicity that year, it didn't seem to get the same "word of mouth" and repeat business that the first two did. Seen today, it is also the weakest of the three. It didn't produce as many hits as the first two either. Cliff got to No.1 in the charts with "The Young Ones", and No.2 with "When the Girl in Your Arms".... and the Shadows got to No.10 with "The Savage/Peace Pipe"- all from "The Young Ones". Cliff had two (Double "A" sides) No.1's from "Summer Holiday" - "Summer Holiday/Dancing Shoes" and "Bachelor Boy/The Next Time"., and the Shadows had a No.1 with "Foot Tapper". Cliff's only hit from "Wonderful Life" was "On the Beach". But this only went as high as No. 7. The Shadows made it to No. 12 with "Theme for Young Lovers". There was no doubt about it.....1964 was the year of Beatlemania. The writing was on the wall and, for the moment, all we needed was groups.....especially if they were from Liverpool ! Of course, Cliff continued to have hits throughout the 60's, including two more No.1s. Doubtless, he will contnue to do so. Incidentely...........as "Wonderful Life" opened at the ABC on that August Sunday in 1964 (August 9th), "A Hard Day's Night" was just starting it's third (and final) week at the Gaumont. So - it really was Cliff versus the Beatles ! ABC Film Review - March, 1964 ABC Film Review, July, 1964
  5. Just for the record, the Classic showed "Roman Holiday" and "Petticoat Pirates" - w/c 5th April, 1964.
  6. Just for the record, Cliff's third (and last) big, musical extravaganza for ABC - "Wonderful Life" , opened at Sheffield ABC on 9th August, 1964, and ran there for three weeks, until the 29th. .....and this time, Cliff did get into the London Premiere ! http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=43342
  7. Yes - just like "the Wizard of Oz". The opening credits are in B/W showing the English seaside in Summer ,with rain - rain - and more rain! Cut to Bus garage with the three lads waiting for Cliff to arrive on his bus. When he does....... Voila!...Colour!!. <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbqrDNhS8VE&hl=en_GB&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbqrDNhS8VE&hl=en_GB&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>
  8. Ahhhh!!......nice one Cliff. Ruislip Lido's finest hour...........and, whatever happened to Carole Gray ????? Here's an interesting bit of film that takes us behind the scenes of "The Young Ones". Pity there's no sound though. On the Pathe site, they have it billed wrongly as "On the set of Summer Holiday". http://www.britishpa...rd.php?id=70698
  9. It's a lot quicker (and easier) to just go to the Amazon.co.uk site and order the DVD Dave. It's on at the moment for only £3.93, with free postage. A real bargain ! http://www.amazon.co...76474104&sr=1-1
  10. Try scanning the right hand side of the album, and then the left hand side - and then stitch them together with Photosuite. That works for me.
  11. Ray Harryhausen didn't work on "The Time Machine" Dave. This was a George Pal production, and old George was pretty hot stuff himself in the stop-frame motion technique, and other special effects. The film won the Oscar for Best Special Effects that year. (credited to Gene Warren and Tim Baar). Pal also produced the 1953 version of "War of the Worlds"...which also won the Best Special Effects Oscar.
  12. On the whole, i'm not over-keen on colourising B/W movies. As you say Dave, the results are patchy and some of them are just plain awful. You can usually spot them a mile off. Disney's "The Shaggy Dog" is awful. It looks like one of those "Magic" painting books you used to have as a kid. Do you remember them?.........the colours were all pale and blotchy. I havn't seen the Laurel & Hardy stuff, but the most successful colourisation I have seen is that on the early TV series of "Bewitched". If you didn't know they were shot in B/W, you really couldn't tell the difference. As regards Cliff, I don't have his really early albums ("Me and my Shadows", "21 Today",etc), so I can't comment on the stereo, but - both "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday" were in proper Stereo........and they aren't the actual film Soundtrack, but studio re-recordings.
  13. Oh! - I don't think the Americans had that much of an edge on us in the 1960's Dave. London was the place to be in the "Swinging '60's!" We produced many fine films in B/W....but so did America. The "British New Wave- Kitchen Sink " films did very well on both sides of the Atlantic, and movies like "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", "A Taste of Honey", "A Kind of Loving", "Billy Liar", "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner", "Georgy Girl", "The Knack", "The L-Shaped Room", "This Sporting Life", "Darling", etc. I think all benefited from being in black and white, rather than colour. At the same time, America was still producing big movies like: "Anatomy of a Murder", "On the Beach", "Inherit the Wind", "Suddenly, Last Summer", "Psycho", "The Apartment", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Judgement at Nuremberg", "The Miracle Worker", "Birdman of Alcatraz", "The Loudest Whisper", "Witness for the Prosecution", The Longest Day", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Cape Fear", "Hud", "Two for the Seesaw", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Lillies of the Field", "Dr. Stangelove", "The Train", "Zorba the Greek"....and many others. All of which were in black and white! Back then audiences were still quite used to - and readily accepted seeing movies in black and white, as well as colour. The same goes for movies from The Continent, Japan,etc. at that time. We didn't do too badly in the Oscar stakes in the '60's either: Four Best Picture Oscars - "Lawrence of Arabia", "Tom Jones", "A Man for all Seasons" and "Oliver!" Six Best Actors/Actresses - Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Margaret Rutherford, Paul Schofield, Maggie Smith and Julie Christie. (Plus two more if you count Liz Taylor!) Four Best Directors - David Lean, Tony Richardson, Carol Reed and John Schlesinger. Three Best Original Music Scores - John Addison, John Barry and Leslie Bricusse. plus a host of other, technical awards. All in all, not a bad record ? And, the Beatles did get colour for their second film - "Help!". As regards the records, if you look up a discography, all of Cliff Richard's albums from 1960 onwards were released in Stereo, as well as Mono, as were many other artists. Stereo records came out in 1958 and established themselves fairly quickly. Decca and RCA led the way, and things like "South Pacific" (Soundtrack), "My Fair Lady (London Cast), "Mantovani", "Ted Heath", "Edmundo Ross", etc were huge sellers. I don't think there were any Stereo singles though until the late 60's. And don't forget, the Beatles were popular here in the early 60's, but they didn't aquire the status they have now until later in the 60's.....and America !
  14. Well!....you're nearly right Dave. It was in CinemaScope and Technicolor........but only in Mono sound. Still....two out of three ain't bad ! When I saw The Beatles on stage though, they were definitely in black and white!!!
  15. That was Alan Barnes - a real scene stealer, if ever there was one ! I think he was only in one other film - "The Victors". Today, I believe he has a building/joinery business in Ribchester in Lancashire.
  16. It was a beautiful theatre, wasn't it? I took a look at it last year when we were there and it's now a huge club....can't remember the name. The same for the huge Odeon that was further round the corner. What a great shame. You would have thought that there were enough visitors to Blackpool to have kept them profitable ??? I dug the Cliff programme out anyway............... On the Sunday (Cliff's day off), I went to see these guys...... Whatever happened to them ???
  17. It could have been funky....but, "Whistle Down the Wind" had blown itself out by then It played at the Gaumont - w/c 6th August, 1961.
  18. You weren't the only one who couldn't get in to see it abcM (or, may I call you ab?). Even Cliff couldn't get into the premiere in London. The crowds were so thick in Leicester Square that police advised him to turn back, and go home. So, he did! The Shads got in though. Take a look at this clip from Pathe News: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42921 What a small world eh?....'cos guess who else went to see Cliff and the Shads in Blackpool that Summer? Yup! .... and here are the stubs to prove it......... I still have the programme too.....i'll see if I can dig it out for you.
  19. "Summer Holiday" was a mega hit Dave, and ran at the ABC for four, packed weeks, from Feb 3rd to March 2nd, 1963. I remember queuing in that passage at the side of the ABC several times to get in. The Beatles certainly did change everything, and ballad singers were out. Although Cliff has managed to hang on in there ! From ABC Film Review - Feb, 1963.... ....and March, 1963.....
  20. I remember the big storm very well too Dave and I didn't go to school that day either......although I didn't get to go to the pictures! You are probably right about the film you saw that day....."The Young Ones" was in it's third (and final) week at the ABC. It was an enormous hit, and we saw it three times there. ABC Man has already posted a copy of the ad from the ABC Film Review. The films showing in town that week Dave were: Odeon - "The Outsider" with Tony Curtis ABC - "The Young Ones" with Cliff Richard Palace - "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn Gaumont - "The Comancheros" with John Wayne Hippodrome - "Twist Around the Clock" - with Chubby Checker Classic - "Wuthering Heights" with Laurence Olivier Has that jogged your memory, or, is the answer "Blowing in the Wind" ? lol
  21. It was released in 1960 Dave. It opened at the Odeon, Marble Arch on September 29th, and landed at the Sheffield Odeon w/c November 20th. The beautiful machine that they built for the film is today in the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C. Or, you could buy this model of it, on eBay for only $595.00 !
  22. I don't think Jolson ever recorded "Farewell My Bluebell" Dave, although he may have sung it, as a kid, just like in the movie ?
  23. Ah!...right Dave. That would make sense. My Dad used to take me to Finningley too for the air shows..................long before Robin Hood took it over !
  24. I love H.G.Wells too Dave, and "Kipps" is one of my favourites. "Half a Sixpence" did stick to the book, pretty much, but you should also look out for Carol Reed's excellent 1941 film - "Kipps"....... with Michael Redgrave as Arty and Phyllis Calvert as Ann. Just as enjoyable as it's later, musical version. We saw the original stage version of "Half a Sixpence" in London, with Tommy Steele and Marti Webb as Ann in 1963. I was 13, and it was my first London show. I remember that "Flash, Bang, Wallop!" brought the house down, and they had to reprise it. I saw the film version at the Astoria not long after it had opened...and enjoyed it so much I went again, later that week. We also went to the Gala, Variety Club Opening on it's first Sunday at our Sheffield ABC. I still have the souvenir programme and, (of course!)...the ticket stubs!..... Here are a couple of US FOH stills from the set I have: Tommy and Julia Foster singing the title song..... Tommy and the girls with "Money to Burn"........ By the way, did you know that Julia Foster, who played Ann in the film is Ben Fogle's Mum ?
  25. It must have been 1975 abcM.........It had it's London opening on 30th January, 1975.
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