Dave Martin (David Hemmings) and his beat band – The Smart Alecs – have a new place to play when his family inherits a seaside hotel (the Seaview Guest House in Brighton) in this follow-up to 1964’s Live It Up!.
The group write a song (called Be My Guest) and rehearse it at the Brighton Hippodrome for the producer of a musical talent contest, Hilton Bass (David Healy).
However, Bass’s stage manager Artie Clough (Tony Wager) and his glamorous girlfriend – pop singer Wanda (Joyce Blair) – recognise the song’s hit potential and hatch a plan to rip off the boys by conning them into selling it so they can give it to a local group, Slash Wildly and The Cutthroats (played by The Zephyrs).
Filmed largely on location in Brighton, Be My Guest is a lovely nostalgia piece, even though its depiction of youth seems naïve these days and probably did even in 1965. The film was originally released as the support feature to the Morecambe and Wise’s big-screen debut The Intelligence Men.
Pamela Ann Davies
Slash Wildly and the Cut Throats
Rocky Steel and the Sparks
Kenny & The Wranglers
Jerry Lee Lewis
The Nashville Teens