What a Crazy World

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What a Crazy World
Theatrical release quad poster
Directed byMichael Carreras
Written byAlan Klein
Edited byMax Benedict
Capricorn [Michael Carreras Productions]
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors
Release date
Running time
88 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£9,000[1] or £121,191[2]

What a Crazy World is a 1963 film directed by Michael Carreras and starring Joe Brown and Sausan Maughan.[3] The script is by Carreras and Alan Klein, from the latter's stage play.[4] It is a pop musical featuring a number of late 1950s and early 1960s musical performers, including an appearance by Freddie and the Dreamers.


Unemployed working class lad Alf Hitchens, has an on-off relationship with his girlfriend Marilyn, whilst trying to sell a song he has written. Michael Ripper appears in several cameo roles bemoaning the "bleeding kids" he encounters.



Box Office[edit]

Kinematograph Weekly called the film a "money maker" at the British box office for 1964.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "The British 'New Wave' rides again, with Michael Carreras clambering incongruously on to the Joan Littlewood band-wagon in this would-be "musical with a difference", which turns out to be merely an amalgam of pop music, "Cockney sparrer" and teenage clichés. East End locations, Otto Heller's skill with a camera, an intermittent crude zest and a few amusing moments cannot compensate for the repetitive banality of the dialogue, the paucity of wit, the dullness of the musical numbers, and the tedium of the romantic interest. The direction is coarse and without flair, the performances are mostly indifferent (except for Marty Wilde's effectively loutish Herbie), and in general this is a tasteless and charmless entertainment, though it might just possibly appeal to those 'bleedin' kids' so constantly apostrophised throughout the film."[6]

Leslie Halliwell said: "Unsurprising star musical, quite lively of its kind."[7]

The Radio Times Guide to Films gave the film 2/5 stars, writing: "With Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard making movies, it was only a matter of time before Joe Brown would have a go. The result is an amiable but outdated musical that is still worth catching to see Brown and the Bruvvers, Freddie and the Dreamers, Susan Maughan and Marty Wilde at the height of their powers. The longueurs between the musical numbers, which the more generous might call the plot, are distinctly dodgy."[8]


The film was released by Network Video July 2014 with the original theatrical trailer.


  1. ^ Bruce G. Hallenbeck, British Cult Cinema: Hammer Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Hemlock Books 2011 p. 145
  2. ^ Chapman, J. (2022). The Money Behind the Screen: A History of British Film Finance, 1945-1985. Edinburgh University Press p 360
  3. ^ "What a Crazy World". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  4. ^ John Walker (ed) Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000, London; Harper Collins, 1999, p. 900
  5. ^ Altria, Bill (17 December 1964). "British Films Romp Home – Fill First Five Places". Kinematograph Weekly. p. 9.
  6. ^ "What a Crazy World". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 30 (348): 174. 1 January 1963 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ Halliwell, Leslie (1989). Halliwell's Film Guide (7th ed.). London: Paladin. p. 1103. ISBN 0586088946.
  8. ^ Radio Times Guide to Films (18th ed.). London: Immediate Media Company. 2017. p. 1012. ISBN 9780992936440.

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