Although today they barely register in the minds of all but the most serious 60's music aficionados at one time The Dave Clark Five were considered pretty stiff competition for The Beatles. Blessed with a great lead singer in Mike Smith, they were the first British Invasion band to play Ed Sullivan after The Beatles (they would later appear 12 times on Sullivan) and were one of the only British Invasion bands to be more popular in America then their native country with 17 top forty hits on the American charts along with selling almost 50,000,000 records.
The film's beginning has the group shown living together in a London flat with and as they roust themselves up in the morning they run through some Beatles-like humor and quips. Arriving at work they're assigned to work on a series on commercials as stunt coordinators for a British meat company whose billboards with the slogan "Meat For Go !" plaster the London cityscape. Dinah, the model for the ad campaign (known as "The Butcher Girl") is played with all sorts of beguiling 60's cuteness by Barbara Ferris (CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED).
commercialism of his life and work steals a Jaguar sports car from the commercial shoot and along with Dinah they both run off to the English countryside with the ad company and the remainder of the group in pursuit. Finding a group of young squatters in a burned out building on the military proving grounds of the Salisbury Plain (where The Beatles would film portions of HELP ! about the same time). Steve & Dinah take refuge with the pot smoking outcasts who confess to the duo that they're looking forward too moving into heroin (which seems a pretty surprising mention in teen oriented movie from 1965). After an attack by soldiers they flee where they next encounter an unhappily married couple in large country (played wonderfully by Yootha Joyce and Robin Bailey) who keep a large collection of antique bric-a brac in a desperate attempt to hold on to their earlier happy times. Steve and Dinah speak wishfully of making it to an isolated island off the coast of Dorset, but they along with the viewers seem to be resigned to the fact that they'll never escape.
With it's total lack of youthful exuberance or the celebration of the liberation that the by now exploding pop music world might bring HAVING A WILD WEEKEND instead seems to look forward to burned out hope of the late 60's and one can only wonder what the gaggles of teenagers who this product was aimed at thought of it at the time. Not a great movie, but an interesting take on that fleeting moment that was the "swinging sixties".
All above screen captures are from the Warner Archives MOD DVD