Title: It's Great to Be Young! (1956). Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. The music throughout is great too. John Mills and Cecil Parker do a superb job in their respective roles. Wonderful nostalgia pieces like this should be treasured, and hopefully it will be released on DVD in time.
It's Not For Me To Say " w. Al Stillman m. Robert Allen. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face " w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced by Rex Harrison in the musical My Fair Lady Introduced by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in the film of the same name. The Party's Over " w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Jule Styne. Introduced by Judy Holliday in the musical Bells Are Ringing.
But above all, It's Great to Be Young! was quite a revelation at a time when British films tended to characterise teenagers as little other than delinquent, as in 1952's Cosh Boy (d. Lewis Gilbert) or the same year's I Believe in You (d. Basil Dearden). In place of the monochrome vision of side-boarded cosh boys mooching among the bombsites, It's Great To Be Young! presents a vision of jolly, Welfare State-fed youth in a state grammar school where summer seems to be almost endless and where the head girl mimes to Ruby Murray singing 'You Are My First Love'.
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