The films in the overnight “British Invasion” marathon include Richard Lester’s classic Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, two amusingly odd movies featuring Herman’s Hermits, and Having a Wild Weekend (UK title: Catch Us If You Can), in which the Dave Clark Five star as a team of movie stuntmen.
The latter film is a very interesting pop-culture artifact, as it was directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, Point Blank, Excalibur, Hope and Glory) and included a realistic depiction of the “hippie” movement and its attitudes. It is not a frothy vehicle for the pop group but instead a thoughtful film that successfully explores and conveys many of the anxieties of the young generation that arose in the 1960s.
The Dave Clark Five also make a cameo appearance, as do The Animals, in the comedy Get Yourself a College Girl, which is also part of the overnight marathon.
Monday, June 2:
Hard Day’s Night, A (1964)
Go Go Mania (1965)
Having A Wild Weekend (1965)
Hold On! (1966)
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (1968)
Get Yourself A College Girl (1964)
(Thanks to reader Tom Van Dyke for the movie listing.)