This marvellously entertaining, tongue-in-cheek musical romp stars Frank Ifield as Dave Kelly, a talented young Australian singer who moves to London in search of his big break, tries to woo a top model – while seemingly overlooking the beautiful publican’s daughter who truly loves him ( Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased star Annette Andre) – and gets tangled up with a gang of thieves.
Born in Coventry but raised in Australia, Frank Ifield returned to his homeland in 1959 in an attempt to break into the pop market. After initial success in 1960 with Lucky Devil, which reached #22 in the UK, the hits disappeared and it wasn’t until he recorded I Remember You in 1962 that the singer with the yodelling voice hit the top.
It was the first of four UK chart-toppers for Ifield in the next 12 months.
Up Jumped A Swagman was Ifield’s only feature-film appearance and made at the height of his international fame in 1965. The movie was inspired by the phenomenal success of Cliff Richard‘s musical films, interweaving vibrant scenes of London life with some of Ifield’s best-loved hits, including I Remember You.
Also featuring Bond girl Suzy Kendall and noted character player Ronald Radd.
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