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  1. Cliff APPEARED, with Billy Graham in his next film, a social-dramatic piece, "Two a Penny" although there doesn't seem to be a scene with both in simultaneously.

    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. Well. just as in "The Young Ones it co stars Robert Morley

    ..but the attractive Carole Gray has been replaced with...Peggy Mount :blink:

    Wasn't she the dragon out of the TV series "George and the Dragon", George being played by Syd James.

    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 ! lol

  3. Cliff, accompanied by The Shadows naturally, had one more movie musical extravaganza to come: "Finders Keepers", a United Artists release which had its opening night (no proper premiere as far as one can tell) on December 8, 1966, at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London. Well considered by many to have made the series past its sell-by date.

    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. Although I know of it I am not as familiar with this film as with the other two.

    Perhaps, by August 1964, a month or so after the release of The Beatles "A Hard Days Night" it just got overlooked in all the hysteria that Beatlemania created.

    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. Maybe my memory ain't that good, but wasn't 'Summer Holiday' in black and white to emphasise the grotty weather until the "bus" started its holiday tour?

    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!!.

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  6. The scene from "The Young Ones" in which Cliff sings "The Young Ones"

    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".


  7. The 1960 advertising trailer for this film.

    I noticed also that as well as being in "Futuristic Metrocolour" that this whole film is downloadable in sections from You Tube.

    Not so sure about the legality of that.

    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 !


  8. I don't have his early albums either but I do have "The Young Ones" and, after listening to it for the first time in years I can confirm that it is indeed in "proper" stereo.

    Good job I still have a record player to play it on lol

    However, tried to scan the cover and a 12" LP cover just doesn't fit on a standard A4 scanner bed does it :(

    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.

  9. Would I be right in assuming that some of the "special effects" in The Time Machine" are the work of the absolute master of film effects himself, Ray Harryhousen?

    I seem to remember that as the machine speeds through time there are a lot of speeded up sequences done by "stop framing" (basically frame by frame animation). This was the technique which he perfected a few years later in the film "Jason and the Argonauts", particularly in the quite lengthy scene with the sword fight against the animated skeletons.

    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.

  10. But was it "proper" stereo or that cobbled together, artificial pseudo stereo that was used on the first 4 Beatle albums?

    It really did sound artificial.

    In fact, it was only really in 1967 on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album that the stereo effect was fully exploited by The Beatles.

    As for American black & white films, - some of them were classics and I am not sure if the modern trend in America of "colourising" their old B&W films is a good idea. Some films which have had this done look "blurred" in the colourised version but not in the original B&W. Often the colour is not constrained by the B&W image and does not follow it accurately when the object moves.

    I have seen most of the Laurel & Hardy shorts in both B&W as they were originally made in the 1930's and in a colourised version. Often the B&W version still looks much better.

    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.

  11. Why do we always let the Americans have the edge on us?

    We were still making B&W films like "A Hard Days Night" well into the 60's, a time when all British TV was still in B&W anyway and the Americans were using colour in every film and most of their TV by then.

    Also by the 60's we had some great music like Cliff, The Shadows and The Beatles but we were only prepared to record them in mono while the Americans had almost everything in stereo.

    British pop singles (7" discs) were in mono almost until the end of the 60's. LP's (12" disc with about 12 tracks on) were only just going stereo at this time. In fact the first 4 Beatles LP's (Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Days Night and Beatles For Sale) were ALL initially recorded only in Mono. Later a pseudo artificial stereo version of these discs was issued but when the CD's came out in the late 1980's George Martin was so unhappy with them in pseudo stereo that he reverted back to the mono recordings. So the first "true stereo" Beatles LP was their 5th one, Help! released in 1965, - and they were the best group in the world at the time!!!!

    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 !

  12. Hey, I only said that "Summer Holiday" was in colour when I said "A Hard Days Night" was only in black & white.

    Judging by that second picture there I should have said that "Summer Holiday" was in

    Glorious Technicolour, Breathtaking CinemaScope and Stereophonic Sound lol

    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!!! lol

  13. Don't panic S24, I still have my copy of the programme. And here is the Blackpool ABC in 1963 with Cliff in residence, plus flyer for the show.

    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 ??? lol

  14. Yes, tried twice to get to see 'Summer Holiday' at the ABC in 1963, in the end saw it at the Majestic in Mexborough of all places. Did get to see Cliff & The Shads live though later in the summer of 63 at the New ABC Theatre in Blackpool.

    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:


    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.

  15. I really enjoyed that film.

    Then the following year along came "Summer Holiday" which was even better.

    The year after that along came a group of moptops from Liverpool (what was their name again? lol ) and when they came out with the film "A Hard Day's Night", even though it was only in black and white and "Summer Holiday" had been in colour, it looked like a film career for Cliff and the Shads was just about over.

    "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.....

  16. Another Sheffield related film showing I have a vague memory of concerns the Sheffield gale in February 1962.

    At this time we lived in asbestos prefabs on the Arbourthorne which were devastated by the gale and I was evacuatedout to my aunties and couldn't go to school as my school had been turned into a refugee centre for the homeless who's homes had just been destroyed. Ours wasn't destroyed but we were evacuated for safety. details of all this, with my and others peoples memories are in the appropriate topic on this site (The Sheffield Gale, 1962)

    Now, while I was "evacuated", to keep me occupied once the gale had died back a bit but there was still no school my older cousin took me to town to see a film at the pictures.

    I THINK the film was Cliff Richard in "The Young Ones", but I can't remember which cinema we went to at all. Poor memory here but with all the turmoil and worry caused by the dvastation of the wind we did have other things on our mind, - like weather we actually have a home to go back to when the wind finally stopped.

    So, -

    What was showing in local cinemas during the week 11 - 17 February 1962?

    Were any of them showing "The Young Ones"?

    If not, what film did I go to see?

    If so, what cinema did I go to?

    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

  17. Would that be the film "The Time Machine" which is also based on a H.G. Wells novel?

    The time machine in it is a chair with a spinning disc on the back.

    As the traveller makes his way through time he stops in various years but his last stop before being forced to go into the far future was 1966.

    Because of this I always assumed the film had been made in 1966, but clearly it is older.

    Should have known better, up to the 1966 events they're factual but 1966 is set in the middle of fictional World War 3 which sort of gives it away that the REAL 1966 hasn't arrived yet.

    So when was this film made?

    From your post it looks like either 1959 or 1960 would be about right.

    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 !

  18. My own previous posts and a bit of common sense should have told me that it couldn't have been "Swanee" in which Jolson's voice broke.

    If Jolson got the song "Swanee" from the Gershwins in 1919 he would have been about 34 years old at the time, - hardly a pubescent youth with a breaking voice!

    It must have been an earlier song he was singing, possibly around the year 1900, when his voice croaked.

    I do not have a recording of Jolson singing "Farewell My Bluebell" to check if it has the "whistling" on it BUT the Jolson version of "Swanee" certainly does have him whistling on it and is quite famous for it.

    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 ?

  19. That will have been the one S24.

    Shown on 12th of September to mark "Battle of Britain week" (1971 was the 31st anniversary of the battle)

    Most air shows in Britain were always on this week in September (e.g. RAF Finningley) to mark the same event, nearly always with the battle of Britain memorial flight fly past (a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster bomber)

    We used to celebrate this week regularly when we were younger by going to air shows and events.

    I am almost certain I would have gone to see this film in September.

    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 !

  20. I enjoyed going to watch Tommy Steele in "Half A Sixpence" so much that I actually got the book "Kipps" by H. G. Wells, the novel on which "Half A Sixpence" is based, out of the library and read it.

    Being a science student interested in factual science, science fiction does not really interest me at all in either book or film, unless of course it comes from one of the masters of the genre like H.G. Wells, Jules Verne or Isaac Asimov. I had read most of Well's science fiction books but this was the first romantic novel of his that I had read and possibly the only romantic novel I have read. The book "Kipps" about the life of Arthur Kipps and his first love is for a large part, autobiographical about H. G. Wells.

    The film "Half A Sixpence" actually follows the story in the book very well.

    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 ?