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An aspiring singer wins a trip to London and is promised a record deal, but when she gets there an underhanded American record producer spirits her off to New York and away from her boyfriend.

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    • Author: Macill
    Having just viewed this along with Rock You Sinners this Brit music film is slightly more dated than "Sinners" as if the makers were saying "don't listen to that nasty rock and roll", it seems our heroine in the film is not only a singing star of the future but in fact a beauty queen as well, utterly hilarious footage of good old Butlins holiday camp at Clacton On Sea confirms the queen status, however her enthusiastic boyfriend knows some good connections in London to get her a recording contract, and get it she does but only after a seedy American agent whisks her off to New York intent on having her for his own dirty deeds when in fact he is already married.

    So much is crammed into this 64 odd minutes that it's hard to keep up with just how easy it is to get caught up in the bad old world of music in the 50s.

    Some downright bad songs are reeled off along with some very good one's such as The Five Satins, but some nice old London location work look's good, certainly not the worst film of the genre and it passes the time nicely but don't expect anything less than a very very low budget film
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    • Author: LoboThommy
    I cant remember seeing a film which was so amateurly made.The acting ,script,directing and photography set a new low.Given that this is a musical you don't expect much of a story so in this respect the film lives up to expectations.The music itself is reasonable if unexceptional.At one point in a recording studio Keith Fordyce announces a song,they then cut to a shot of a tape recorder being turned on then to technicians twiddling knobs and then just fades out in mid song.It is difficult to believe that the producers made this film and expected to get it distributed.It has been released,or should I say escaped,on DVD and now represents a rather historic curio.
  • Complete credited cast:
    Julie Amber Julie Amber - Bonnie Martin
    Sheldon Lawrence Sheldon Lawrence - Bill 'Larry' Lacey
    Irv Bauer Irv Bauer - Dan Leffert
    Al Burnett Al Burnett - Al Burnett - club owner
    Leoni Page Leoni Page - Tina Miller
    Keith Fordyce Keith Fordyce - Himself - disc jockey
    Billy Myles Billy Myles - Himself - singer
    Cindy Mann Cindy Mann - Herself - singer (cut from US version)
    Fred Parris Fred Parris - Himself - singer (archive footage)
    David Browning David Browning - Jerry Turner
    Lee Allen Lee Allen - Himself - band leader
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Cherie Danton Cherie Danton
    Marcel de Villiers Marcel de Villiers
    Delilah Delilah - (US version only)
    Larry Esposito Larry Esposito - Himself (as The Mello Kings)
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