They weren’t deep. They had no glamour. And yet the Turtles ranked as one of the great pop bands of the ’60s. Extensive proof too extensive is offered in The Turtles: Happy Together, a 90-minute tape covering the group’s history of hits from its folk-rock cover of Bob Dylan’s ”It Ain’t Me Babe” to the pure pop of ”Elenore.” Included are lots of vintage promo clips and TV lip-synched performances. All are a hoot, especially a 1967 clip of the group miming its biggest hit, ”Happy Together,” on The Smothers Brothers Show, with second singer Mark Volman dressed as a ladybug. The group was good at cutting up, and it had to be: The fellows’ portly figures and geeky looks made charm a prerequisite. They retain that likability in recent interviews included here. The now middle-aged Turtles tell colorful stories about meeting heroes like Dylan, who greeted them face down in a plate of pasta. Ultimately, such stories go on too long. But to serious mop-top fans, every moment will seem utterly fab. B+
Genre: Documentary, Musical; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Rhino Video
Posted May 10 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
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