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It's All Over TownIt's All Over Town
(Optimum Home Entertainment)

Looking for a film that sums up the UK entertainment industry’s approach to new fangled ‘pop’ music in the early ‘60s? Then look no further as director Douglas Hickox takes us on a journey around London (or a shaky indoor wooden facsimile thereof) in the comic company of the rotund William Rushton and his beanpole buddy Lance Percival (see, there’s a joke right there), the narrative thrust being… Well, they’re All Over Town. Along the way they encounter Frankie Vaughen, looking uncannily like Mr Bean, The Springfields (featuring a young Dusty), The Hollies, who pole up in leathers on motorbikes sing ‘Now's The Time’ and then scoot off again, The Bachelors crooning their way through ‘Stars Will Remember’ and the clarinet toting Acker Bilk, which let’s be honest has to be the weirdest line-up since Englebert Humperdink toured with Jimi Hendrix. There’s even a blink and you’ll miss it appearance by Ivor Cutler and a full cast of ‘disappeared into the mists of time’ performers like Jan & Kelly, Ingrid Anthofer and Alan Davison. Within a few years the entertainment world would split into very distinct areas, but in 1963 all you needed was a few agents numbers and a twenty pound budget.
Josh Marks

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