It's Great to Be Young!

1956

Comedy / Musical

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IMDb Rating 6.4 10 266

Keywords:   musical

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John Mills as Dingle
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Reviewed by ianlouisiana 8 / 10

The past is a another country....

Although the more elderly and cynical amongst us might well consider the present to be another country and the past to be overwhelmingly more attractive. Set in a mixed Grammar School,"It's great to be young" features one of the great stars of British pictures Mr John Mills as a "modern" teacher"(i.e.one who manages to get through the day without throwing a blackboard rubber or boxing an ear),a relatively new phenomenon in 1956. A fine trumpeter( dubbed by H.Lyttelton)he very worthily embarks his pupils on what would be called today as a "liberal" education,offering a broader view of what could be considered important. This acts as a catalyst to the age - old clash between youth and experience in which he courageously refuses to take sides but agrees to represent the authority's case to the children and provide them with the information they need to make a decision between acquiescence and the mid - fifties version of anarchy. Nowadays of course Grammar Schools are being treated like embarrassing relatives at a family wedding but whatever the fashion now dictates they were in fact not the elitist semi - Nazi organisations the powers that be would like us to think. The pupils were generally speaking well - behaved and attentive as shown in the film,but knew their own minds but were capable - in their fashion - of displaying their own preferences and opinions. In 1956 I was in a skiffle band that won the Inter - House Music Competition "By Acclaim " as the rather shocked Adjudicator put it. On the strength of that I was made Deputy Head of House Music(not "House Music",you understand) This was a mantle I wore rather lightly as I was utterly musically illiterate, however,as the children in "It's a great life" demonstrated,it prove that there was "another way" and for a few days none of the teachers threw a blackboard rubber at me.

Reviewed by beresfordjd 8 / 10

Still watchable

I saw this when I was a kid of maybe 10 or 11. It was my favourite film for many years after. It is, of course, very dated now but the performances are still great. Particularly memorable in this fifties curiosity is Richard O'Sullivan whose comic timing, even as a child was terrific - he made the movie for me. Carol Shelley whom I saw in The Odd Couple many years later was a particular crush of mine. John Mills is the central figure in this movie as a teacher obsessed with music who comes up against the authoritarian figure of Cecil Parker, the newly-appointed head of Angel Hill school. It is a snapshot of fifties school life in a typical middle-class organisation and it was quite like the grammar school which I attended (though it was not quite as much fun where I was).

Reviewed by alexandra-25 9 / 10

A very British Education.

It's Great to be Young, (1956) is a narrative of a co-educational school and its pupils excepting their rights. Look further into the sub-text to find it is more about an evolving education system. Moreover it is a comment on the grammar school system. In this era, as is the case nowadays, the grammar school system was designed for more academically able pupils. In other words, a school for the children of the middle class who can avoid paying the education fees of expensive private schools at the expense of the tax payer.

In this film it is notable that the boys are asked questions by the teachers on the subjects of history, Latin and music, whilst overlooking the girls on such questions. Instead girls are encouraged to pursue romance and domestic duties, such as knitting.

Overlapping this dark side of the British education system is the upbeat, energetic, effervescent feel to it, with great performances, good acting and a fine cast of players, including the great Sir John Mills, and a very young Richard O'Sullivan.

It is in many respects a time-piece of traditional school teachers, and education, with corporal punishment and conservative attitudes verses the post-modern jazz, the pre-rock 'n' roll era.

A film that is upbeat, if a tad cheesy, with its dark comments on the British education system.

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