Schools break up this week (Scottish kids already out for weeks!) and with the lack of any decent weather I bought this classic Cliff Richard film to cheer up my gran. Great filler item at Amazon. Play offers same film for £4.99 but is currently o/s. Next best bet is HMV at £5.99.
Launched just months before Beatlemania took its toll (in February 1963), this musical film clearly shows that efforts to keep UK teens tied to their hitherto idols were completely in vain at this stage. Despite being at his early 20s, Cliff Richard already belongs to the previous era and is not able to keep inspiring the mass audience in longer perspective (apart from the one strongly "Congratulations"-oriented). While there are still a few catchy tunes included in the score (title one or "Bachelor Boy", both big hits in weeks after the premiere and both backed by the Shadows), the rest is completely "inconsistent" with Richard's earlier musical profile and suspended somewhere between the waltz, vaudeville and reminiscences of more "jazzy" parts of "West Side Story" (thus much far from what has already become the "mainstream" teen demand)
Having considered above, we can still watch this movie with some pleasure, as a kind of document of an era of "innocent youth", long gone by. The pleasure will not be much spoilt by totally stupid screenplay (being a part of the game in this type of productions), Richard's poor acting abilities (more or less Elvis Presley's "Hawaii series" level) and choreography remaining only a pale shadow of dance-song integration standards achieved many years earlier in MGM, 20th Century Fox or Warner's classics (though of course being still a kind of novelty in British and European film musicals)
Emphasised should be that the film was carefully transferred on DVD, with original widescreen aspect ratio retained and quite good sound (though in mono). A minus remains lack of any "special features" added.