Review: ‘Summer Holiday’

Peter Myers and Ronald Cass have provided a screenplay which is short on wit but anyway is simply a valid excuse for a lighthearted jaunt through sunny Europe. Cliff Richard and three mechanic buddies set out for a European holiday in a borrowed double-decker London bus. They pick up (in quite the nicest way) three stranded girls, a cabaret act en route to Athens. The boys decide to make Athens their objective.

Peter Myers and Ronald Cass have provided a screenplay which is short on wit but anyway is simply a valid excuse for a lighthearted jaunt through sunny Europe. Cliff Richard and three mechanic buddies set out for a European holiday in a borrowed double-decker London bus. They pick up (in quite the nicest way) three stranded girls, a cabaret act en route to Athens. The boys decide to make Athens their objective.

They also encounter a troupe of wandering entertainers and a stowaway in the shape of a young boy. ‘He’ turns out to be an American girl tele singer, fleeing from the professional demands of her dragon of a mother and her agent.

From this thin thread of yarn, songs, situations and dance routines arise fairly naturally. Even when dragged in, they add a lot to the excitement. Richard has a warm presence and sings and dances more than adequately.

Lauri Peters is pleasant as the young Yank heroine and romantic interest, and Melvyn Hayes has a sharp comic talent.

Highlighted throughout are production sequences which are put over shrewdly by director Peter Yates and into which choreographer Herbert Ross pumps an exuberant American expertise.

Myers and Cass have written seven numbers and others including Richard have contributed another nine. Filmed largely in France and Greece, the editing and backgrounds give an impression of a continuous trip across Europe.

Summer Holiday

UK

Production

Ivy/Elstree. Director Peter Yates; Producer Kenneth Harper; Screenplay Peter Myers, Ronald Cass; Camera John Wilcox; Editor Jack Slade; Music Stanley Black (dir.); Art Director Syd Cain

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Cliff Richard Lauri Peters Melvyn Hayes Una Stubbs Teddy Green Pamela Hart
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