July 1961: The Guns of Navarone on general release

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I have a definite memory of going to see The Guns of Navarone with my brother George and my cousin David while George and I were staying with David’s family in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. This had become a ritual every summer school holiday, taking the pressure of having five young children off our parents for a few days.

Such is the continuing influence of the film, there are many modern retrospective reviews all over the internet:

Mike’s Take

Gone with the Twins

Many further links on Rotten Tomatoes

More to follow.

With The Beatles

The Beatles played at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg on 1 July, and then travelled back to Liverpool on the following two days. They then took a holiday before their next live performance on 13 July at St John’s Hall in Tuebrook, Liverpool. They played a further 24 gigs in the Liverpool area between then and the end of July,. 

The month’s UK Top Tens

6 July 1961
1. Runaway: Del Shannon
2. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
3. Temptation: The Everly Brothers
4: Pasadena: Temperance Seven
5. A Girl Like You: Cliff Richard
6. Surrender: Elvis Presley
7. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
8. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
9. Frightened City: The Shadows
10. Running Scared: Roy Orbison

13 July 1961
1. Runaway: Del Shannon
2. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
3. Temptation: The Everly Brothers
4. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
5. A Girl Like You: Cliff Richard
6. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
7: Pasadena: Temperance Seven
8. Well I Ask You: Eden Kane
9. Surrender: Elvis Presley
10. Frightened City: The Shadows

20 July 1961
1. Temptation: The Everly Brothers
2. Runaway: Del Shannon
3. A Girl Like You: Cliff Richard
4. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
5. Well I Ask You: Eden Kane
6. Pasadena: Temperance Seven
7. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
8. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
9. You Don’t Know: Helen Shapiro
10. Running Scared: Roy Orbison

27 July 1961
1 Temptation: The Everly Brothers
2. Well I Ask You: Eden Kane
3. Runaway: Del Shannon
4. You Don’t Know: Helen Shapiro
5. A Girl Like You: Cliff Richard
6. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
7. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
8. Pasadena: Temperance Seven
9. Time: Craig Douglas
10. Romeo: Petula Clark

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Whistle Down The Wind
The Long Shadow
Source: filmdates.co.uk

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