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  1. 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
  2. Just for the record, the Classic showed "Roman Holiday" and "Petticoat Pirates" - w/c 5th April, 1964.
  3. 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
  4. 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>
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 !
  11. 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!!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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 ???
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. "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.....
  17. 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
  18. 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 !
  19. 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 ?
  20. 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 !
  21. 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 ?
  22. It must have been 1975 abcM.........It had it's London opening on 30th January, 1975.
  23. Hello, Dean...glad you're enjoying the site. Sadly, my records only go up to the end of 1971. So, I can't give you the exact dates you require. I do however still have my ticket stub for "The Towering Inferno", which I saw in it's original run at the Warner, West End (London) on March 1st, 1975. So, I guess it would have been not too long after that when it reached our ABC. "The Black Panther" was released in 1977.......so, it may have been at the Classic that year, or possibly 1978? One day, I may extend my database to cover (at least) the rest of the 1970's. Watch this space.
  24. "Fantastic, those ticket stubs bring back happy memories.Funny you should mention the railings on the Odeon steps. I was only thinking about this the other day that they advertised film boards on them when a Road Show was playing.Spooky or what. Yes, why didn't we go down with our cameras!" Crazy eh? I guess we didn't stop to think about nostalgia back then and thought that things like that would always be there. How wrong we were ! Luckily, i've never been one for throwing things away. So, I still have a lot of original stuff, as well as all the posters,stills,press books, programmes,etc i've aquired over the years. Oh well !......as I said earlier, just wait until i've finished that time machine. (Which also played at the Odeon - w/c Nov. 20th, 1960 !) .
  25. I wish I had ABC Man...... or photos of the Odeon's facade for any of the Epic Road Shows that played there. Why didn't we go down there and take photos at the time ????? Just wait while i've finished my time machine ! I remember that they usually went to town with the advertising materials. Those railings that run around the bay at the top of the steps there were always boarded over with the relevant artwork,etc......and there were sometimes other items on top of the canopy. I also remember that, when the Odeon had its first Road Show - "Oklahoma!" ( January, 1957), they had a real "Surrey with the Fringe On Top" standing in the bay. Likewise, when they showed "The Bridge on the River Kwaii" ( March, 1958), they had an accurate model of the bridge in the foyer. There is a brief clip of film in one of those "Remember Sheffield" videos that are around that shows the facade during the run of "South Pacific", and it was festooned with flags and leis,etc. Love to see more of stuff like that. So, i'll repeat the request..............."Does anyone out there have any such photos?" I do still have the ticket stubs from three of our many visits to "The Sound of Music" during it's record run at the Odeon, and here they are..............