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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pop Film, 11 Jan. 2010
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Mr. M. W. LLOYD "Mike the busman" (Wigan, Lancs, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Back in the good old 1960s, it became the practice to produce low-budget films which were primarily intended to promote the work of pop stars; 'Live It Up' is one such film. Often derided at the time and subsequently, they do provide, however, a chance to watch performers doing their stuff and if you weren't able to attend concerts, these films were a good substitute. Sometimes storylines were weak, sometimes acting was not brilliant (the stars were primarily musicians, not actors) but they provided, firstly, some harmless fun, secondly an hour or so's very pleasant entertainment, and thirdly sometimes the chance to see people who might not otherwise be easily seen performing "live", perhaps because they did not do much touring.

This film is one of the better examples. Perhaps inevitably, the plot centres on an amateur pop group, workers at Royal Mail through the day, who aspire to great things and hope to become overnight sensations. What happens next you really should buy the DVD to find out. Musical contributions come from Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen (trad jazz was extremely popular in the early 1960s),Heinz, Gene Vincent, The Outlaws, Andy Cavell and the Saints, the delicious Patsy Ann Noble (who later became Trisha Noble and developed a career in films, mainly in her native Australia) and Jenny Moss. The interesting thing about all this is that many of the performers were recorded by the famous Joe Meek (RGM Sound) at his home/studio in Holloway Road in North London. There is increased interest in Joe's work these days and this DVD gives us a chance to see some of his artists, now largely forgotten, and hear their work.

It's cheap enough not to break the bank, provides a little glimpse of life in the early 1960s and will introduce you to some music you may have forgotten. It's not great film a la Barry Norman, but so what? I enjoyed it enormously and I am sure many others will too. It has probably not been seen for 40 years or more and I was delighted to catch up with it at last. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A largely forgotten, but entertaining beat movie, 7 Dec. 2014
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If you can remember the exciting rock-and-roll music scene of 1960s before The Beatles had really taken off to superstardom, you'll find this movie to be a treasure of nostalgia. If, like me, you are far to young to even remember the 1980s (well, chances are you won't even be viewing this page anyway), you might still enjoy this upbeat musical film.

The late David Hemmings (one of the great icons of the decade) stars as teenager Dave Martin, a postman who fronts his own pop group. The youngsters dream of being bigger than The Beatles, and record a demo tape at a recording studio. However, a spanner is thrown into the works when he loses the tape. At the same time, his typical old dad is there to share his unhelpful view that his son is wasting time focusing on such nonsense as pop music. Most of the cast were produced by visionary producer Joe Meek, who wrote the film's theme, including Gene Vincent, and Jennifer Moss, who was well-known for playing Lucille Hewitt in 'Coronation Street'. Jennifer played a charming part in the film, and could sing as well, some for her scenes really show what a considerable actress she was.

'Live It Up' is a quirky, if little seen beat movie that will transport you back to an exciting era of music. British movies like this were never going to leave Hollywood producers feeling intimidated, but they provided a great deal of fun. An interesting document of an exciting time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage rock/pop, 26 Aug. 2013
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I bought this mainly for the clip of Gene Vincent singing "Temptation Baby"". I was not disappointed. The clip of "The Outlaws" was also worth having.
The storyline was lightweight like most of these pop movies but no worse than many others.
If your a rock"n roll fan or a Vincent devotee I would recommend this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live it Up, early David Hemmings..., 19 Jan. 2010
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Director Lance Comfort made a number of films featuring 1960s youth & music. This film which has a sequel "Be My Guest" is a happy go lucky affair with plenty of location filming.
The sound quality is good but like Be My Guest the print is at times rather bleached.
The family set up seems rather nostalgic now but is a reminder of how close knit things used to be!
The 1960s music might not be memorable but it shows that even then kids wanted to make it big.
Lance Comfort also directed David Hemmings in The Painted Smile which is available on DVD and well worth watching.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars steve marriot,mitch mitchell oh and heinz, 24 Feb. 2010
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this film is just for nostalgia really usual plot from the sixties,especially about the sixties music scene.band comes from nowhere to make it sort of thing.Look out for mitch mitchell(drummer with jimi hendrix and others)blink and you will miss him,credited as john mitchell,also steve marriot(small faces,humble pie).If you like sixties films you`ll like this.Dave hemmingway plays the lead role minus his caterpillars.Right im off to watch the sequel `be my guest`
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Feb. 2015
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Tony.K. (Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Great film at a great price..If you enjoy music from this era you'll like this..
Well chuffed Thankyou Tony.K,,*****
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Oct. 2014
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OK as a reminder of 'Pop' films of the sixties. A bit corny now.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of 'Live It Up', 3 April 2010
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As I'm the one who uses the computer. I often look up unusual and older records and films. My husband had been going on about this film that he and his sister saw when they were really young! Anyway, I found it and they had a brilliant time remembering bits from it all those years ago. OK it's in black and white but you forget it after a while. The storyline is a bit corny but it's good to work out whose still around! Worth watching with those who remembered it the first time.
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