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Wonderful Life ( Swinger's Paradise )

EMI / Elstree Distributors / Ivy

Sidney J.Furie

Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Susan Hampshire, Walter Slezak, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs
Richard O'Sullivan, Derek Bond, Gerald Harper, Joseph Cuby

Youth culture pop musical. A pop group who are shipwrecked after their electric instruments blow up a cruise ship get jobs on a film set in Africa to make some money to get themselves home. They get to thinking that they can make a better movie themselves . . .

For Those Who Think Young

United Artists / Aubrey Schenck - Howard W. Koch

Leslie H.Martinson

James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Woody Woodbury, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Louise, George Raft, Paul Lynde

Beach culture movie in which college kids try to save their club from closure. Notable for star cameo appearances and gorgeous Nancy Sinatra

Your Cheatin' Heart

MGM / United Artists / Four Leaf

Gene Nelson

George Hamilton IV, Susan Oliver, Red Buttons, Arthur O'Connell, Shary Marshall

Biographical movie generally known as 'The Hank Williams Story'.
The late Hank's voice was dubbed by his son, Hank Williams Jr.

The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones

Walt Disney

Robert Stevenson

Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Stuart Erwin, Alan Hewitt, Connie Gilchrist

Beach culture 'sci-fi' movie with general pop background, the sequel to which was 'The Monkey's Uncle'

Go-Go Big Beat

Eldorado Pictures

Frank Gilpin

This legendary musical pop documentary was originally made up from three short films: Mods And Rockers, U.K. Swings Again and Swinging U.K. In the video for general release the 'Mods And Rockers' segment, which contained footage of the running battles between the two cults set to Beatles music performed by The Cheynes, was cut because of the violent content. The other segments contain performances from The Cockneys, The Wackers, The Migil Five, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, Millie Small, The Tornadoes, The Merseybeats, The Four Pennies, The Animals, The Hollies, Lulu and The Luvvers, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Applejacks

The Lively Set

Universal Pictures

Jack Arnold

James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure, Joanie Sommers, Marilyn Maxwell, Charles Drake
Peter Mann, Martin Blaine, Robert Clarke, Russ Conway, Ross Elliott, Ron Miller, Greg Morris
James Nelson, Frances Robinson, Mickey Thompson, Carole Wells
and featuring The Surfaris

American surf'n'drag culture film with West Coast music. A college boy quits school to try and become a champion sports car driver

Pajama Party ( The Maid and The Martian )

American International Pictures ( AIP )

Don Weis

Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Elsa Lanchester, Harvey Lembeck, Jesse White, Jody McCrea
Ben Lessy, Donna Loren, Susan Hart, Bobbi Shaw, Cheryl Sweeten, Luree Holmes, Candy Johnson
Buster Keaton, Dorothy Lamour

A Martian teenager called Gogo is sent to Earth on a mission to pave the way for an invasion. He meets a rich widow who runs a fashion boutique and falls in love with her nephew's girlfriend, Connie. The nephew, Big Lunk, only cares for volleyball and gets into trouble with a motorcycle gang for 'messing up' their beach. Also, Aunt Wendy ( the rich widow ) has a neighbour whose gang plan to rob her. Confusing and interwoven but it all comes good in the end and, yes, you're right, it's a 'beach movie' in everything except no Frankie, and Don Weis directs.


The Horror Of Party Beach ( Invasion Of The Zombies )

Iselin-Tenney Productions

Del Tenney

John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allen Laurel, Eulabelle Moore, Marilyn Clarke, Augustin Mayor, Damon Kebroyd
Munroe Wade, Carol Grubman, Dina Harris, Emily Laurel, Sharon Murphy, Diane Prizio, Edward Earle
Wilfred Holcombe, Gary Robert Jones, Ronnie Linares, Robin Boston Barron

Beach culture horror movie with music. Mutant monsters, created by the dumping of radioactive waste into the sea, create havoc amongst the beachfront community. A scientist and his daughter assisted by the police and some local 'heads' have to figure out a way of stopping them.
The film features music by The Del-Aires

A Hard Day's Night

United Artists / Proscenium

Richard Lester

The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, Victor Spinetti

Musical comedy based on the youth culture of the Swinging Sixties and the cinematic debut of the Fab Four. You know that, of course, because absolutely everyone has seen this film

Surf Party

20th Century Fox

Maury Dexter

Bobby Vinton, The Astronauts, Patricia Morrow, Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Summers, Kenny Miller

Beach culture musical movie - pretty beach boys party with gorgeous surf bunnies to a general west coast music background

Ride The Wild Surf

Columbia / Jana

Don Taylor

Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter, Barbara Eden, Susan Hart, James Mitchum, Peter Brown

West Coast surf culture. A group of surfers go to Hawaii and find themselves some girls . . . and how!

It's All Over Town


Douglas Hickox

Lance Percival, William Rushton, Ingrid Anthofer, Acker Bilk, Ivor Cutler, Wayne Gibson
Caroline Maudling, April Olrich, Clodagh Rodgers, Frankie Vaughan

Light-hearted pop music vehicle with an appearance by The Hollies in addition to the credited stars

Looking For Love

MGM / Joe Pasternak

Don Weis

Connie Francis, Jim Hutton, Susan Oliver, Joby Baker, Barbara Nichols

Musical film. A talented girl can't decide between marriage and showbiz


Columbia / EMI music

Christopher Miles

The Shadows, Robert Morley

A short, thirty minute musical partly filmed in mediaeval costume, from which an E.P. was produced by The Shadows. Robert Morley narrates the history of England which is depicted using a series of songs and skits

The T.A.M.I. Show


Steve Binder

Artists include: The Rolling Stones, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys
The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
James Brown and The Famous Flames, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Phil Spector
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Teri Garr, Toni Basil, Les Chadwick, The Barbarians

A documentary film of the musically historic Teenage Awards Music International
rock and rhythm & blues concert held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Get Yourself A College Girl ( The Swingin' Set )

United Artists / MGM

Sidney Miller

Mary Ann Mobley, Joan O'Brien, Nancy Sinatra, Chad Everett, Willard Waterman, Fabrizio Mioni

Artists include: The Dave Clark Five, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto
Jimmy Smith and His Trio, The Animals, Freddie Bell and The Bellboys
The Standells, Roberta Linn, The Rhythm Masters

American youth culture musical.
A songwriter at a girl's school falls in love with a publisher

More 1964 films which I plan to expand upon in future updates. Any pictures or info you have on these would be most welcome!

Swinging U.K.
Short British pop music vehicle featuring Millie Small, The Merseybeats, The Wackers, The Four Pennies.
Used in the compilation movie 'Go-Go Big Beat'

U.K. Swings Again
The short sequel to 'Swinging U.K.', also used in the 'Go-Go Big Beat' compilation with one song each from Lulu and
The Luvvers, The Swinging BlueJeans Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, The Animals, The Hollies, The Applejacks and The Tornadoes

What's Happening!
The Beatles In The U.S.A.
Documentary of the Fab Four's first U.S.tour

Spies A-Go-Go / Nasty Rabbit
Arch Hall Jr, Pat and Lolly Vegas, The Archers

The Rolling Stones Gather Moss
Wide-screen newsreel documentary footage of the band's British tour

The Gutter Girls
Music by The Embers

Sound Of A CityA short documentary
film on Merseybeat which has action from The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Zephyrs and The Aces

I'll Take Sweden
Frankie Avalon, The Vulcanes


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