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Wonderful Life

Wonderful Life

Sidney J Furie (1964)

108min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The happy-go-lucky pop musical had been dealt a big blow in 1964 by the release of the Beatles' endlessly innovative and iconoclastic A Hard Day's Night. Yet the winsome formula continued to rear its sweetly smiling head throughout the decade. Elvis Presley's efforts became increasingly embarrassing, but there was enough here from Cliff Richard and the Shadows to suggest they might have enjoyed greater movie success away from the cloying confines of family entertainments such as this one, in which they rescue timid actress Susan Hampshire from tyrannical director Walter Slezak. The highlight, if that's the right word, is a song-and-dance history of the movies.

Summary

A cruise ship band is thrown off the boat for causing an electrical failure, and ends up in the Canary Islands, where a director is shooting a film. The singer helps the nervous leading lady prepare for her scenes, but is inspired to reshoot the movie in his own way. Musical comedy, with Cliff Richard, Susan Hampshire, Walter Slezak, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs and Richard O'Sullivan.

Cast & Crew

Johnnie Cliff Richard
Jenny Susan Hampshire
Lloyd Davis Walter Slezak
Hank Marvin Hank Marvin
Bruce Welch Bruce Welch
Brian Bennett Brian Bennett
John Rostill John Rostill
Jerry Melvyn Hayes
Edward Richard O'Sullivan
Barbara Una Stubbs
Douglas Leslie Derek Bond
Miguel Joseph Cuby
Senior sheik / Scotsman / Harold Gerald Harper
Director Sidney J Furie
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Available on: Available on video and DVD

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