Summer Holiday (1963): Peter Yates’ Directing Debut, Musical Starring Cliff Richard

Peter Yates made his directing debut with Summer Holiday, a British CinemaScope and Technicolor musical, starring singer Cliff Richard.

The original screenplay was written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass (who also wrote most of the song numbers and lyrics).

The cast stars Richard, Lauri Peters, David Kossoff, Ron Moody and The Shadows and features Melvyn Hayes, Teddy Green, Jeremy Bulloch, Una Stubbs, Pamela Hart, Jacqueline Daryl, Madge Ryan, Lionel Murton, Christine Lawson, Wendy Barry and Nicholas Phipps.

Herbert Ross choreographed the musical numbers.

The story concerns Don (Cliff Richard) and his friends Cyril, Steve and Edwin (Melvyn Hayes, Teddy Green and Jeremy Bulloch), bus mechanics at the huge London Transport bus overhaul works in Aldenham.

During a wet British summer lunch break, Don arrives, having persuaded London Transport to lend him and his friends an AEC Regent III RT double-decker bus. They convert the bus into a holiday caravan, which they drive across continental Europe, intending to reach the South of France.

However, their eventual destination is Athens, Greece. On the way, they are joined by a trio of women Sandy, Angie and Mimsie (Una Stubbs, Pamela Hart and Jacqueline Daryl), and a runaway singer Barbara (Lauri Peters) pretending to be male, herself being pursued by her mother Stella (Madge Ryan) and agent Jerry (Lionel Murton).

The movie was a box-office hit, repeating the success of Cliff Richard’s previous film The Young Ones (1961).

Cliff Richard as Don
Lauri Peters as Barbara
David Kossoff as Magistrate
Ron Moody as Orlando
The Shadows as themselves
Melvyn Hayes as Cyril
Teddy Green – Steve
Jeremy Bulloch Edwin
Una Stubbs as Sandy
Pamela Hart as Angie
Jacqueline Daryl as Mimsie
Madge Ryan as Stella