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Wonderful Life (1964)

After losing his job as an entertainer on a cruise ship, Johnnie (Cliff Richard) and his backing band (The Shadows) are cast away on a tropical island where they encounter a film group on location. Johnnie is hired as a stuntman, and his friendship with timid leading lady Jenny (Susan Hampshire) has a dramatic effect.

The happy-go-lucky pop musical had been dealt a big blow in 1964 by the release of The Beatles‘ endlessly innovative and iconoclastic A Hard Day’s Night.

Yet the winsome formula continued to rear its sweetly smiling head throughout the decade. Elvis Presley‘s efforts became increasingly embarrassing, but there was enough here from Cliff Richard and The Shadows to suggest they might have enjoyed greater movie success away from the cloying confines of family entertainments such as this one, in which they rescue Susan Hampshire from tyrannical director Lloyd Davis (Walter Slezak).

The highlight, if that’s the right word, is a song-and-dance history of the movies.

A tiny part in the film was given to Miss Israel (Aliza Gur).

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Johnnie
Cliff Richard
Jenny
Susan Hampshire
Lloyd Davis
Walter Slezak
Hank 
Hank Marvin
Bruce 
Bruce Welch
Brian 
Brian Bennett
John 
John Rostill
Jerry
Melvyn Hayes
Edward
Richard O’Sullivan
Barbara
Una Stubbs
Douglas Leslie
Derek Bond
Miguel
Joseph Cuby
Senior sheikh/Scotsman/Harold
Gerald Harper

Director
Sidney J Furie