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These Dangerous Years [DVD]

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  • Actors: Frankie Vaughan, George Baker, Carole Lesley, Jackie Lane, Katherine Kath
  • Directors: Herbert Wilcox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HZJJ06E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Legendary crooner Frankie Vaughan stars with George Baker, Kenneth Cope, John Le Mesurier and Thora Hird in this 1957 drama directed by Herbert Wilcox, the renowned producer/director of a string of hit films throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The first of four films produced by Wilcox's wife Anna Neagle and starring Vaughan, These Dangerous Years is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Dave, a young Liverpudlian gang-leader and would-be rock 'n' roll star, is conscripted into the Army where, to everyone's surprise, the rebellious youth makes good. But then he is tricked by the camp bully into crossing a minefield, causing the death of his best friend. Awaiting court-martial, he learns how, and by whom, he was set up; during the ensuing fight, a gun is accidentally fired, and Dave is convinced he will be held responsible for shooting the bully...

[] Original Theatrical Trailer
[] Image Gallery
[] Original Pressbook PDF

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
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Network have done it again! A long unseen rare film, here presented in a mint transfer, 4.3 Ratio, excellent picture and sound. A theatrical trailer, and image gallery are the only extras, but the price is fair. The film stars Frankie Vaughan as "Dave" a "Dingle Boy" from the slums of Liverpool, who happens to sing like Frankie Vaughan!. His acting needs work, but he carries it off well considering the script (by Jack Trevor Story), He sings to songs with incredible big band backing, but who cares if that makes little sense for an army camp concert (for "Cold Cold Shower"). George Baker is the army Padre with the most puzzling accent which is later sort of explained. On the distaff side we have 2 beauties-Carole Leslie, who is much better than I expected, and for me, my favourite, Jackie Lane. Michael Ripper is the Army Camp Bully (Ripper? A Bully!!-At his size and age I wouldn't pick on Frankie Boy). He causes all the problems which eventually lead to happy ending. Interesting location filming, and general good all round support make this a most entertaining film, tho perhaps more for those of us of a certain age, and Vaughan fans. Almost a 5 stars-% for the DVD and 4 and a bit for the film! (Oh and do read Aleathon's review, it's not of the DVD, but it is none the less fascinating reading, I suspect she(?) could write a lot more.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By King Ludwig on 24 April 2014
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An interesting drama starring 1950s singer and showman Frankie Vaughan. The "Dangerous Years" were those between leaving school and 'call-up' - conscription of 18 year old + males into the British Armed forces. (Never mind that Frankie was 29 at the time!!!)
The story tells of 'Dingle Boys' - rough and tough Liverpool lads into rock n' roll, police bating, and anti-social petty crime in and around the "Cassy" - the Cast Iron Shore - the desolate Mersey foreshore between dingle Point and Garston. The area that is now redeveloped into the linear, garden-backed Otterspool Promenade.
After fighting over Carole Lesley and Jackie Lane (the latter sometimes described as the UK's answer to Brigitte Bardot in 1957 when the film was released), Frankie and his pals end up in the Army. Surprise, surprise, the rebel becomes a good soldier! Until that is, when tricked by a low-life squaddie (the ubiquitous Michael Ripper) into retrieving a flag from the centre of a minefield. The military exercise goes pear-shaped,mines explode and so does Frankie! He does for the Ripper character during a fight and goes AWOL. The Army top-brass and the police chase him all over Liverpool. Cue lots of moody, evocative,late evening, low sunset cinematic 'arty' shots of Dingle Pier, Herculaneum Bridge, the Liver building and the Princes Landing Stage.
The way Frankie's plight is revolved requires something of a suspension of disbelief , but - hey, its just entertainment and we all like a happy ending - don't we?
Frankie Vaughan could act a bit and puts in a mean, masculine performance. Top-billed George Baker 'believes' in Frankie as an army padre. Stalwarts such as John Le Mesurier, Thora Hird and Eddie Byrne offer good support.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar 2014
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This was one of many films set against a gritty Liverpudlian background. It stars 1950s heart throb Frankie Vaughan, who came from a fairly tough background but who was usually known for his sexy singing, high kicks and dinner suits. Unlike his character, Dave, he prided himself on his high moral standards and clean image. I was about 12 at the time, and I fancied him like crazy, but even I found his protestations of virtue a bit irritating. I saw him once, in Blackpool, and he was every bit as gorgeous as he seemed on TV and film; I felt justified in choosing him as my heart throb!
Vaughan played Dave, a young gang-leader who wanted to be a rock `n' roll star. Those were the days of National Service and he had to do his stint in the army, like it or not. It was around that time that real-life pop singer, Terry Dene, had a breakdown when he had to go into the army and was said by some (unfairly, he once told me) to have lied in order to get out and continue his career. It was important to prove that you could be a man and cope with the demands of army discipline, as Elvis Presley did so successfully. Dave is angry, but surprises everyone by overcoming his rebellion and doing well. Another soldier, a bully, fools him into entering a minefield, where his best friend is killed. Dave shoots the bully.
The film is attributed to director Herbert Wilcox, but actually his wife, then-fading superstar Anna Neagle, directed this film. It did not make money, not because it was no good but because it was out of touch with the way that tastes were changing. It is quite a good film, though it shows its age, seeming curiously innocent by today's standards. Its production standards are pretty good, for its age and budget, and apart from anything else, I think it is worth watching for the opportunity it provides to ogle Frankie Vaughan.
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Dramatic role for Frankie and some great songs..a must for FV did very well in USA at time and it reflects the period when all was more innocent.....Launched his career in USA and was first UK star to make it big in USA but he became disillusioned with the scene.......kept his family and religious values> Continued a prosperous career...........well worth buying..could learn our new stars a thing or two
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