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Movies: Gerry and the Pacemakers in “Ferry Cross the Mersey”

June 14, 1964 - Gerry and the Pacemakers, a young British singing group similar in style to the Beatles, will make their screen debut in “Ferry Cross the Mersey.”

The picture, which has just gone before the cameras in London, is being directed by Jerry Summers from a script by David Franden and an original story by Tony Warren.

United Artists will distribute the picture, as well as the Beatles’ recently completed first film, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The two singing groups share the same manager, 29-year-old Brian Epstein, and the same producer, George Martin.

“Ferry Cross the Mersey” shows the story of art students Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les Maguire, and Les “Chad” Chadwick as they humorously try to navigate the Liverpool beat scene. After Gerry’s girlfriend Dodie (Julie Samuel) helps the group enter a music competition, their instruments are misplaced but are ultimately found in time for them to take the stage and win the contest.

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