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Stars Billy Fury (Britain’s answer to Elvis Presley) and features cameos from some other stars from the sixties, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (better known as Alvin Stardust). On a plane is Billy and his band on their way to take part in a song contest, also on board is Ann Bryant, who’s been abroad by her wealthy father, to stop her infatuation with popstar Larry Granger. The plane is forced to return to the airport and Billy and his band persuade Ann to join them and together they search London’s nightclubs for Larry.

Also Known As: Eggande toner, Pigtrådsdrengene, Play It Cool

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  • frederick-taylor
    frederick taylor

    Michael Winner might well have felt like insuring his nascent directing career when he received the script for this pop exploitation flick. Feebly constructed as a vehicle for Billy Fury, the agenda underlying Play it Cool is painfully obvious from the outset – Fury was being groomed as a British Elvis and the movie career was just one more box to be ticked. There’s no doubt he had the looks and the voice, if not, perhaps, songs of sufficiently high quality (there’s only one truly memorable number on offer here). He just can’t act. Not even a little, little bit. Fury fans should simply skip the plot and go straight to the musical numbers. Sorry, did I say ‘plot’? My mistake.Fury’s acting skills may be wanting, but worse by far is the sight of British comedy stalwart Richard Wattis mugging it up as Billy’s ever-so-slightly camp manager. Good fortune intervenes and removes Wattis’ utterly resistible character from the plot after about twenty minutes. By coincidence, that’s the point at which the storyline seizes up. Ah yes, the storyline. That needn’t detain us long. Fury (as the plausibly-named Billy Universe) and his band are en route to a pop music contest in Europe. They get no further than the airport where they become involved in some lightweight shenanigans involving an heiress who’s aiming to give daddy (Dennis Price) the slip and marry no-good pop louse Larry Grainger (Maurice Kaufmann). That’s about the sum of it. From Gatwick Airport, our heroes decamp to a barely recognisable Soho where begins an interminable run of sequences as Fury and co pursue Grainger through various nightclubs – a thinly disguised excuse for some mimed performances by the likes of Helen Shapiro, Shane Fenton and Bobby (Rubber Ball) Vee. And of course, Fury himself, whose best moments are when he’s in his rock ‘n’ roll comfort zone. Badly executed though it may be, it’s hard to cultivate any genuine dislike for this movie as it’s all so well-intentioned, and Fury fans will rightly appreciate it as the best surviving film document of a true British rock and roll icon.

  • jose-maria-santiago-caraballo
    jose maria santiago caraballo

    This early effort from Michael Winner should have been much better than it is. Like other films from the period it showcases popular music artistes and tries to give them something more to do than just sing their songs. So here, Billy Fury as ‘Billy Universe’ is supposed to be acting, and he’s hopeless. I’m not saying he was a poor singer but he was certainly a poor actor.The guest appearances range from the curious (Bobby Vee, the man with a totally square-shaped head!), to the out-of-place (Helen Shapiro, far too good even as a kid for this rubbish), to the seriously scary (was there ever really a reason to inflict Lionel Blair on the cinema-going public?). Watching it all the way through takes some patience and there isn’t really enough to it to interest a wider audience.

  • madona-talaxaze
    madona talaxaze

    PLAY IT COOL is a musical vehicle for British Elvis wannabe Billy Fury, a film made on a low budget with a very slight story and lots of musical interludes for those who enjoy this kind of stuff. Seeing a young and sprightly Lionel Blair strutting his stuff in a nightclub is the highlight here, although the rest of the acts certainly give it their all. The direction is by none other than Michael Winner, during a period where he was still cutting his teeth, and it’s rather pedestrian if I’m honest.

  • nurmelek-silanur-demirel
    nurmelek silanur demirel

    Wafer thin story line, awful dialogue and totally forgettable songs! Billy Fury deserved a much better showcase for his talents than this completely disjointed film made on the cheap which looked tacky even when it was released! No one emerges from the debacle of a film with any credit! The only merit I can see in this film is it’s curiosity value – a glimpse of the U.K. pop music scene in 1962, which was shaken to the core a year later with the arrival of the Beatles and other pop groups with the result that many solo artists of the early 60’s were marginalised and thus became history.

  • john-rosales
    john rosales

    Shown this and Helen Shapiro’s only other movie ‘It’s Trad Dad’ side by side you’d be hard pressed to say which director was to prove the one to watch – and it’s hard to remember now that fifty years ago Michael Winner seemed promising.But that WAS a very long time ago, when beatniks rather than hippies were parodied (Marianne Stone had recently played a similar role for Stanley Kubrick in ‘Lolita’) and 7/6d seemed like an extortionate sum to be billed in a nightclub.Winner seems to have been working with a bigger budget but an even triter script than Lester, and the heroine (Anna Palk) is that old cliche from thirty years earlier: a runaway heiress! Winner nevertheless breezes with gusto through all this nonsense and it’s all pleasantly enjoyable to sit through.”Well that’s it everybody! Keep twisting!!”

  • reina-bahena
    reina bahena

    The final shots show a son “Gatwick Airport” – the control tower and hangars were clearly Luton Airport.

  • ana-labaze
    ana labaze

    Where people get 10/10 for this is beyond me. The storyline was absolutely ridiculous, the acting wooden and the songs are best forgotten.

  • dr-gulyas-erikne
    dr gulyas erikne

    With 1962 being a strange time for rock ‘n’ roll in both America and England, it’s a wonder that “Play It Cool” is as entertaining as it is. British rock star Billy Fury plays an Elvis wannabee named Billy Universe who curls his lip and moans just like his hero, but exaggerates his hand movements to the point where he looks like a spastic Bobby Darin. When Billy and his wacky band members get stranded in London with an heiress who’s looking for her no-good boyfriend, they make the rounds of the city’s pubs and clubs, stumbling upon a place where a trio is singing the squarest music imaginable, then heading on to a spot called The Twist where everybody’s twisting (the latest dance craze when “Play It Cool” was being filmed, but stone dead by the time the film was released), then dropping in on a Chinese-themed restaurant called the Lotus Club where pop star Helen Shapiro is crooning in front of a phalanx of violinists. A visit to another club finds American teen idol Bobby Vee (who began his career as a Buddy Holly sound-alike) spooning drivel in front of another bank of violins. Through it all, Billy Fury gets to sing a handful of songs, including a sappy ballad, a twist, an uptempo number called “I Think You’re Swell” and a fairly good rocker called “Play It Cool.” In other words, this movie is musically all over the place, because the producers were trying to please everybody at a time when the music was rapidly changing. To bind all the musical interludes together, there are lots of little subplots and shots of Billy and his boys running through Gatwick Airport and Houston Station (more than a year before the Beatles did the same thing in “A Hard Day’s Night”), but in the end it doesn’t add up to much simply because the music is so uniformly unmemorable. Billy Fury is a sympathetic presence, but perhaps the most intriguing artist in “Play It Cool,” at least for Americans, is teenage star Helen Shapiro, who sings two numbers, including one of her singles, “I Don’t Care.” America never really had anything like this bouffant contralto, unless you combine Annette Funicello with the foghorn voice of Timi Yuro. Helen is one of the most awkward performers I’ve ever seen (more so here than in her film debut, “It’s Trad, Dad”), and yet I couldn’t take my eyes off her strange beauty. Her career was fading fast by the time she appeared in “Play It Cool,” but she’s probably the best reason to watch it.

  • gytis-kalvaitis
    gytis kalvaitis

    One of Michael Winner’s first films, he was 27 at the time, this is no great film but has charm and significance aplenty. The songs are not very strong, the acting even less so, but Winner keeps things moving along and if the story is weak, at least we don’t hang about. Instead of this being a stage-bound, ‘Let’s put on a show’ type effort it does give the impression of being something more exciting and ‘happening’. Unfortunately for the makers not just the music world but the world itself was about to change. Six months after the release of this film The Beatles released their first single and within another three months they were a phenomenon and joined by The Rolling Stones and many others. The fifties would finally be over, even though this would be 1963 and the sixties would commence, a little late but with great voice. So this film represents a showcase for the last days of an old music and pretty tired it was becoming, too. Billy Fury does okay and all the performers do as well as they can be expected to with average material and are captured as excitingly as possible by the director.

  • kovacs-noelne-varadi-katalin
    kovacs noelne varadi katalin

    I’d give this 9 out of ten of Bobby Vee sang a few more songs. Billy Fury and Helen Shapiro appear and sing adding much interest to this well made 1962 Brit nightclub musical with excellent images and music allowing more than a dream glimpse into London of the time. This is a good scrapbook/jukebox musical and I certainly encourage you to enjoy it. I find Bobby See astonishing. He died recently and equipped with looks and song talent he is a welcome addition to this movie. Helen Shapiro is gorgeous and very direct in her style. Billy Fury is an Elvis/Cliff Richard mix and I have no argument with his performance or style. I know the limp floppy look of Fury irritates some but it was his individual look and it worked for him. This is a well made musical and a bonus with the guest stars and the crafted musical sequences.

  • rebeca-berrios-chavez
    rebeca berrios chavez

    one of if not the best music movie’s to come out of 60s Britain, staring billy fury who’s amazing good looks made the film even more worth watching, billy’s acting is on top form and his voice is better then ever.in fact i give it 10 out of 10, a must watch film for any fan of 60s music.the story is non stop action and songs that keep the viewer glued to the screen, nice cameo roles from bobby Vee and helen shapiro. and also shane fenton who later became alvin stardust, well worth viewing is billy’s other movie I’ve gotta horse which was made in 1965 and also that’ll be the day where billy has a cameo role as stormy tempest a singer at a holiday camp.all in all i think the music industry would have been a lot worse off without the talents of billy fury

  • ilin-sigizmund-efimevich
    ilin sigizmund efimevich

    I don’t know how many times I’ve see this during my life, but today watched it with as much pleasure as always. A light hearted rock ‘n roll movie with some great music.

  • jacob-singleton
    jacob singleton

    A GREAT Movie for it’s time and I still enjoy it now. As a teenager in the 60’s I liked all the pop stars films .BILLY FURY, Elvis, Cliff .. I have been a life long FAN of BILLY and I am insulted by the needless comments by a gentleman from Hollywood, CA .. Billy Fury wrote his own songs and sang them to a packed audience and his Vocals and Acting in this Film are impeccable and so are his Co stars. His name lives because he was BRITAINS FIRST Rock’n’Roller. Yes it’s true to say Billy Admired Elvis but Billy had his own style and was a big hit in Britain, it is documented that Elvis thought Billy was FANtastic. I have 3 granddaughters who enjoyed watching PLAY IT COOL in fact they play it quite a lot , so they can’t be wrong as they are bought up with modern music. I loved the film , every part of it and I would Highly recommend anyone to watch it who will see it for what it is. A Legend Movie .. regards Cathy

  • marianna-czerner
    marianna czerner

    To the critic of the film Play It Cool starring the One & Only Billy Fury – Billy was the British King Of Rock’n’Roll and this film was appreciated by thousands of his fans (and still is). The storyline may be weak by todays standards but to have Our Billy on film for posterity is BILLYant. Your comments are disrespectful to Billy and his many fans worldwide. You don’t know what you are talking about….and who will remember you 23 years after you have died! By the way, he’s not died – he’s just stopped breathing and will live on in the hearts of so many. Take a look at http://www.billy fury.com (Billy Fury – The Story) and see just how popular Billy Fury still is and join his fans’n’friends on the message board – I dare you! Rock On Like Fury!

  • nadir-pellegrino
    nadir pellegrino

    Its shameful how people can just write off Billy Fury OK the film itself wouldn’t earn an Oscar for being original or clever but as a snapshot of what was going on in the British music screen it has an English charm OK the acting is not up to par ( although directed by the now acclaimed Michael Winner – his first feature film here ) however BILLY FURY at that stage in his career WAS NOT a copy of Elvis and definitely not a –SPASTIC BOBBY DARIN – NO WAYhe was an established artist a singer with great sounds / voice and stage presence and was just doing what every star of there day – including Elvis with his many a same plot film – going onto the big screen.Helen Shapiro was OK ,and like Bobby Vee in 2006 still going strong . the film PLAY IT COOL is a piece of little history and should not be dismissed neither disrespected of the late great BILLY FURYkeep on rockin

  • valerija-janezic
    valerija janezic

    I have watched Play it Cool and like ALL “Pop” movies including Elvis films, the plot is very weak…………but Billy Fury makes up for the weak plot with his fantastic vocals throughout the film. Certainly a film to purchase as there aren’t many films or footage around of Billy Fury singing. Billy Fury was not an Elvis copycat although he idolised him, he was the first Rock N Roll Star to ever pen his own songs and was the first ever person to produce an album completely written by himself, an album that is still today regarded as the greatest rock n roll album ever! The album’s name…..The Sound Of Fury… need I say more!?! Play it cool,although “corny” is a part of British rock n roll history.A must for all you Rock N Rollers and sixties fans!!!

  • tonje-ahmed
    tonje ahmed

    In 2003, I was responsible for having the one remaining print of this film repaired and shown in a full-scale, traditional cinema for the first time in about 35 years – appropriately the screen backed a stage on which Billy Fury actually performed twice. It is true that many very poor pop music films were produced in Britain in the early 1960s. Play It Cool is not, however, a poor film. It has a charm, drive and integrity that singles it out from the dross. Billy Fury never claimed to be a natural actor. In interviews, he said repeatedly that he was keen to take cameo roles that gave him the opportunity to focus with intensity on his character. However, Play It Cool placed on his shoulders the responsibility of accepting the entire focus of the plot, and he brought energy and imagination to the role. Michael Winner has often remarked on the respect he felt for Billy Fury in accepting a star role in a medium that was so foreign to him, and in delivering such an authoritative performance. I am more than happy to simply endorse Mr Winner’s verdict.