Don (Cliff) and his London Transport mechanic pals convert a London double-decker bus into a mobile youth hostel and take a test spin across Europe. They plan originally to go to the South of France, but an accident involving them with an old car belonging to three girls results in a change of plan to go to Athens, where the girls have a singing engagement.
A stowaway ‘lad’ they discover along the way turns out, in fact, to be an American heiress named Barbara Winters (Lauri Peters), on the run from a show-business mum (Madge Ryan).
Though Don has made a point of assuring all and sundry (in song) that he intends to remain a bachelor until his dying day, he proposes to Barbara, and she confesses her undying love to him. Then ( as if you hadn’t guessed) comes the inevitable misunderstanding. When mum – accompanied by hordes of reporters – triumphantly pounces on the party in Athens, Don concludes he’s been made use of for a publicity stunt and (unjustifiably) blames Barbara and wanders off moodily through the glorious Athenian landscape.
Obviously there’s a happy ending and all is sorted out eventually, with the bus and its passengers setting off to return to London.
Ron Moody is madly funny in a miming interlude and Melvyn Hayes and Una Stubbs are outstanding among the young cast.
Hank B. Marvin