It's Trad, Dad!

Having cut his teeth on Telegoon shows like Idiots Weekly and A Show Called Fred, expatriate American Lester proceeded to take the staid British film industry by storm with this firework display of cinematic trickery. Boldly throwing realism out of the window, he uses a wafer-thin plot about a Toy Town mayor determined to stamp out creeping jazzism as a device to explore the '60s music scene (25 numbers in 73 mintes), and to celebrate the coming 'Youth Revolution'. Some of the acts stand up better than others - Gene Vincent singing 'Space Ship to Mars', Gary (US) Bonds, the witty, modish Temperance Seven - but even the more boring trad jazz is filmed with such energy and inventiveness that it entertains.

Release details

Duration: 73 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Dick Lester
Screenwriter: Milton Subotsky
Cast: Helen Shapiro
Craig Douglas
Felix Felton
Timothy Bateson
Frank Thornton
Bruce Lacey
Chubby Checker
Temperance Seven
Kenny Ball
Chris Barber
Gene Vincent
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