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Wonderful Life

Film musicals often get by on shaky storylines but these are usually decked out with lively jokes and badinage and Peter Myers and Ronald Cass [who wrote the songs], prove themselves somewhat sparing in this department. It puts an unfair onus on Cliff Richard, to expect his personality to buck several slack passages and remarkably unwitty wordage.

Cast:
Cliff Richard Walter Slezak Susan Hampshire The Shadows Una Stubbs Melvyn Hayes

Film musicals often get by on shaky storylines but these are usually decked out with lively jokes and badinage and Peter Myers and Ronald Cass [who wrote the songs], prove themselves somewhat sparing in this department. It puts an unfair onus on Cliff Richard, to expect his personality to buck several slack passages and remarkably unwitty wordage.

Richard, the Shadows group and comedians Melvyn Hayes and Richard O’Sullivan are merchant sailors stranded in the Canaries where they come across Walter Slezak directing a diabolical Beau Geste epic. Caught up in this mish mash, leading lady Susan Hampshire is having a rough time. For love of the young lady the lads decide to boost her confidence by making an off-the-cuff musical version of the director’s film.

The happiest flight of fancy is a sequence which sends up films down the ages. Richard, Hampshire, and the rest show a pleasing sense of mimicry and satire as they josh such favorites as Valentino, the Marx Brothers, the Mack Sennett Cops, Shirley Temple, Garbo, Grable, Boyer, Fairbanks Sr, Bogart, Dick Powell, Tarzan and others right up to James Bond.

Wonderful Life

UK

Production: Elstree/Ivy. Director Sidney J. Furie; Producer Kenneth Harper; Screenplay Peter Myers, Ronald Cass; Camera Kenneth Higgins; Editor Jack Slade; Music Stanley Black; Art Director Stanley Dorfman

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: Cliff Richard Walter Slezak Susan Hampshire The Shadows Una Stubbs Melvyn Hayes

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