Wonderful Life (1964 film)
|Directed by||Sidney J. Furie|
|Produced by||Kenneth Harper|
|Written by||Peter Myers and Ronald Cass|
|Studio||Associated British Picture Corporation
|Distributed by||Warner-Pathé (UK)
American International Pictures (US)
|Running time||113 minutes (UK)
83 minutes (US)
Wonderful Life (US: Swingers' Paradise) is a 1964 British film made as a vehicle for pop star Cliff Richard and is the third in a series that included The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. Written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass, directed by Sidney J. Furie, choreographed by Gillian Lynne, it also stars Susan Hampshire, Una Stubbs, Melvyn Hayes, Richard O'Sullivan, Gerald Harper and The Shadows. The movie was filmed in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city, and the "desert" scenes shot on Maspalomas sand dunes on Gran Canaria island, Canary Islands.
The film features a history of the cinema with Cliff Richard doing impressions of Al Jolson, Groucho Marx, and Sean Connery in Dr. No. Richard O' Sullivan impersonates Charlie Chaplin, and Susan Hampshire plays Marlene Dietrich and Ursula Andress.
The film was shot in Techniscope, a wide screen filming method which used standard 35mm film on which a two frames of picture occupied each frame of film.
- John Walker (ed.) Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000, London: Harper Collins, 1999, p.922
- Overview for Swingers' Paradise (1965)", Turner Classic Movies page
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