HWW publicity photo
Publicity photo for ‘Having a Wild Weekend,’ starring the Dave Clark Five

The excellent 1960s pop group the Dave Clark Five will be featured tonight on Turner Classic Movies in a festival of films featuring 1960s music acts with special appeal to the youths of that time.

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.

Here is the “British Invasion” film festival lineup:

Monday, June 2:

8:00 PM
Hard Day’s Night, A (1964)

9:45 PM
Go Go Mania (1965)

11:15 PM
Having A Wild Weekend (1965)

1:00 AM
Hold On! (1966)

2:45 AM
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (1968)

4:30 AM
Get Yourself A College Girl (1964)

(Thanks to reader Tom Van Dyke for the movie listing.)