Just watching this- such a good little film from the childrens film foundation. Starring Dennis Waterman (with hair all over his head -not the usual monk hairstyle he had in Minder!) and Frazer Hines (who I saw in Waterstones in Truro once and he is tiny! 'A drawf in tweed' as my wife observed.
I am a big fan of CFF Films and Serials, and have seen Go Kart Go, which was on the following DVD: amzn.to/2yZnkU4
Apart from Dennis, I can think of a few other Actors, who appeared in episodes of Minder, who also appeared in CFF Films - George Baker - The Firefighters (1975), Derek Fowlds - The Copter Kids (1976), Bill Maynard and Reginald Marsh - Sky Pirates (1977) and Patrick Troughton - A Hitch in Time (1978).
This movie is on YouTube. I only watched the first couple of minutes and the picture quality is very good. I like the jaunty theme tune and music. Funny to see Frazer Hines as a tough guy. I will go back and watch the whole movie.
I just watched this on You Tube. A good, entertaining little movie. It is interesting to see Dennis as a kid and Fraser Hines as a bully jerk. The ingenuity of the kids and many of the sight gags reminded me of the Our Gang/Little Rascals film shorts. That's a good thing. Actually, this movie felt like it was part of a series and it's too bad a few movies pitting the Damson and Craven kids against each other weren't made. Squirt steals the film and is highly amusing.
Yes, I agree with pr1. This is a quality children's movie from the CFF (Children's Film Foundation). Very 60's Shadows type instrumental theme as well. I liked it.
It looks like it was filmed extensively in Harrow. I traced that from road names and the pub (which is still there). Not sure where the waste ground was, I expect Felix will recognise it. It looks a bit like the moorland used by Hammer in films like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.
Filmed somewhere between Feb - Dec 1963, it is clearly cold as you can see people's breaths. There is also an A reg car so that means it has to be from Feb 1963 onwards. So, Dennis would have been 14 or 15 when he filmed it.
There are two rival gangs one in which Dennis is the No. 2 and one led by a very spotty looking Frazer Hines. There are a couple of "kids" in Frazer's gang who don't look as though they will see 30 again. At least all the ones in Den's gang look like kids.
Den's character is called "Jimpy". Answers on a postcard folks.
The print on this Notwork DVD is very good but no restoration has taken place. I imagine it is the same one that somebody has "borrowed" and put on YT.
There is quite a bit of humour in this Boy's Own story of a two gangs racing each other on go-karts. Den's gang has to use a lawn mower motor for their kart but Frazer seems to have a Vanden Plas Deluxe model. Perhaps his parents had been lucky on Vernon's Pools?
Looks like Den and Frazer did a lot of their own driving at high speeds. Sod Health and Safety - this was a 1963!
The cast are all really good especially the kids in Den's gang. Den is really starting to mature into a good actor by 1963. Other notable faces: Graham Stark (as a policeman), Cardew Robinson (as the postman) and Wilfrid Brambell. Have a guess what role Wilfrid (Albert Steptoe) Brambell plays? Yep, a scrap metal dealer. Nothing like a bit of (near) typecasting!
Very enjoyable 52 minutes despite the predictable ending.
Extras: some more CFF movies but nothing related to 'Go Kart Go'.
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