Sep 17, 2005

Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)

In one of the earliest and best HARD DAY'S NIGHT rip-offs, Gerry and the Pacemakers play a slew of tunes at every convenience that the slim storyline provides. Gerry Marsden is full of cheeky charm as the bandleader who tries to break free of stuffy old England custom and hit it big with his mates. In addition to the title tune one also hears "It's Gonna Be All Right", "Why Oh Way" and a fistful of others. Trading on the blueprint that the Richard Lester film provided, there are some zany surreal gags interspersed with an almost documentary approach to the performances. It is a real treat, and a lot of fun.

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