Posts Tagged ‘Ray Brooks’

A further 1960s retrospective, SOME PEOPLE from 1962. Directed by Clive Donner, and featuring Kenneth More. The real stars are the five young Bristol kids, played by Ray Brooks, David Hemmings, Angela Douglas, Anneke Wills and David Andrews. It’s unusual for 1962, as it’s full colour, filmed on real Bristol locations and while it revolves around music, it uses actors rather than pop stars (and supplies music from The Eagles … the UK band … and Valerie Mountain, neither of them stars. Yet the soundtrack EP was a major hit. It was sponsored by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to show how kids lives could be changed, but the didactic bit is subservient to the main story.


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The 1960s series continues with THE KNACK- AND HOW TO GET IT (linked) from 1965. It’s the second Rita Tushingham film in a row. It was directed by Richard Lester, sandwiched between A Hard Day’s Night and Help!  The other stars were Michael Crawford, Ray Brooks and Donal Donnely. Like so many “Swinging 60s” films it was based on a stage play, The Knack, by Ann Jellicoe. At least half of the film is new visual material. It suffers nowadays from the ending and the rape accusations by Nancy (Rita Tushingham). It still has a lot going for it visually, and you can tell where Michael Crawford would be heading with screen comedy.


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