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Live It Up! (film)

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Live It Up!
Live It Up! film 1963.jpg
DVD cover design
Directed byLance Comfort
Written byLyn Fairhurst (original story and screenplay)
StarringMusical guests: Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
Gene Vincent, Patsy Ann Noble
Acting roles: David Hemmings, Jenny Moss, Steve Marriott, John Mitchell, Dave Clark
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Music byJoe Meek (songs)
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
75 minutes

Live It Up! is a British musical film (US release title: Sing and Swing) that starred David Hemmings and was released in 1963. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios and featured musical acts from numerous contributors, including Gene Vincent, Jenny Moss, the Outlaws, Patsy Ann Noble, the Saints and Heinz Burt (most of them being produced by Joe Meek, who wrote the film's theme) among others, most notably Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen. The film also featured young actor Steve Marriott (later a well-known singer and guitarist with Small Faces and Humble Pie).[1] Another actor, Mitch Mitchell, later became the drummer of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The film was quite successful, so much so that two years later, actor Hemmings and director Lance Comfort followed up with a sequel titled Be My Guest.

Plot summary

Dave Martin and his friends Phil, Ron and Ricky are Post Office messenger boys who have formed their own four piece pop group, the 'Smart Alecs'. They pool their resources to make a tape recording of their original song "Live It Up". Dave is given a month by his unsympathetic father Herbert to get it published or give up his musical dreams. Sent with a special delivery to film producer Mark Watson, Dave gets into the studio where a musical is being made. He is stunned by a falling piece of equipment and is afterwards photographed with the star as compensation. Next day, when the accident and photo are publicised in a newspaper his friends upbraid him for not having mentioning their tape to the producer. He promises to approach Watson again but then discovers that it has vanished. Watson finds it at the studio and, with the group unknown, tries to interest Radio and T.V. in a mystery search. Finally with the help of Dave's girlfriend Jill and his father, Watson and columnist Nancy Spain are brought by taxi to meet the group and the 'Smart Alecs' then make good.[2]


Musical interludes

Exceptionally, the song "Live It Up" is featured at the end of the film but is not credited because the "group" shown playing it (Hemmings and Heinz on guitars, Pike on bass and Marriott on drums) were not the actual music recording artists.

All music and lyrics were written by Joe Meek, with the exception of "Accidents Will Happen" by Norrie Paramor and Bob Barrett.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) BFI: Steve Marriott in Live It Up!
  2. ^ "Live It Up! (1963) - BFI". British film Institute. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.

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This page was last edited on 9 December 2021, at 15:49
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