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Summer Holiday (1963)

A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Peter Myers (original story and screenplay), Ronald Cass (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Richard ... Don
Lauri Peters ... Barbara
Melvyn Hayes ... Cyril
Una Stubbs ... Sandy
Teddy Green Teddy Green ... Steve
Pamela Hart Pamela Hart ... Angie
Jeremy Bulloch ... Edwin
Jacqueline Daryl Jacqueline Daryl ... Mimsie
Madge Ryan ... Stella
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Jerry
Christine Lawson Christine Lawson ... Annie
Ron Moody ... Orlando
David Kossoff ... Magistrate
Wendy Barrie Wendy Barrie ... Shepherdess / Dancer (as Wendy Barry)
Nicholas Phipps ... Wrightmore
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A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they will own and be in charge of a whole fleet. While on the road in France they pick up 3 ladies whose car breaks down and offer to take them to their next singing job in Athens. They also pick up a stowaway. A young, American boy. Meanwhile, a young American female singer has gone missing. Her mother (who is a VERY ambitious woman) and her aid take the story to the press and it makes the front page. They do all they can to make the story run for as long as possible, including misdirecting the bus up an extremely steep Yugoslavian hill. We find out the young American boy is actually the young American girl who is missing. Mayhem ensues as the lead character, Don (Cliff Richard) falls for Barbara. Eventually, when the 8 bus riders reach Athens, they're arrested for kidnapping. In front of her mother and a ... Written by Joliet and Flavia17

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It's what happens when FOUR BOYS in a borrowed bus...(with built-in bunks and bath)...meet FOUR GIRLS with a single mission...MEN!! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacaciones de verano See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Yugoslavian border guards are actually well known Greek actors. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby/Barbara settles down into the sleeping bag he/she still has his/her woman's shoes on. See more »

Quotes

Cyril: [singing] There's something nasty round the bend!
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Crazy Credits

"The Shadows and their guitars" are credited in the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Perpetual Motion: The Routemaster Bus (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Round and Round
By Hank B. Marvin (as Hank Marvin) Bruce Welch Brian Bennett
Played by The Shadows (uncredited)
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Downright silly
27 August 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

Sir Cliff Richard has been called Britain's Elvis, so the impresarios decided to follow Elvis's footsteps by playing Cliff in a series of nondescript films. The difference is that Elvis had some acting talent that a good director could work with. This does not seem to be the case with Sir Cliff. He comes over as someone who is naive and bossy. As a musician, he is superb, as an actor...no.

The plot is ridiculous. A Routemaster bus is requisitioned and converted into a double decker dormobile to pioneer magic-bus style tours to Mediterranean Europe. Of course, the film makers overlooked the fact that with the speeds these Routemasters travel at, the intrepid teenagers would be eligible for their pensioners' bus passes by the time they reached Athens, and the bus would be a hearse by the time it got back to London.

With Cliff's last two films, The Young Ones and Expresso Bongo, they are worth watching just to see Cliff's backing group, The Shadows (formerly The Drifters) steal the show. In this film, however, with their new drummer and bassist, their visual and musical dynamism are gone, and The Shadows are pancake flat.

There is also a young lady who dresses as a boy. She seems to have everybody fooled...except me.

The theme song is the best part of the film. It would be easier and cheaper just to buy the record.


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