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The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

| Drama | April 1963 (UK)
The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writer:

Ken Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Newley ... Sammy
Julia Foster ... Patsy
Robert Stephens ... Gerry
Wilfrid Brambell ... Harry
Warren Mitchell ... Lou
Miriam Karlin ... Milly
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Fred
Clive Colin Bowler Clive Colin Bowler ... Johnny
Toni Palmer Toni Palmer ... Joan
Harry Locke ... Stage Manager
Al Mulock Al Mulock ... The Dealer
Cyril Shaps ... Morrie
Roy Kinnear ... Lucky Dave
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... 'Rembrandt'
Harry Baird ... Buddy Shine
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The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

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Hard-hitting drama of a small-time hustler in trouble with the top-money boys - the mob - the strip-tease queens! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

5 ore violente a Soho See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This was a considerably expanded version of Ken Hughes' famous TV play, Sammy (1958), which had won rave reviews in 1958. The TV play had lasted only a half-hour and had only one actor in it: Anthony Newley, who moved into stardom as a result of his award-winning performance. This film version did not enjoy similar success. See more »

Quotes

Sammy 'Lee' Leeman: [Addressing the audience] Well, thank you for that thunderous ovation. Good afternoon, gentlemen, and welcome to the Peepshow Club. And you're welcome to it. We've got a wonderful show here for you today so I want you to forget about the wife and make yourselves comfortable; not too comfortable there, Sir, thank you. We were raided last week. Sit back, relax, enjoy yourselves. We've got some really beautiful girls here, some really beautiful girls
[a heckler shouts "well let's see 'em then"]
Sammy 'Lee' Leeman: Keep...
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Remake of Sammy (1958) See more »

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Big screen version of successful BBC play.
10 April 1999 | by musical-2See all my reviews

Made and released in 1963, this film gave Newley a real meaty role instead of the light comedy, musical roles he was usually cast in. The original BBC play was a one man, one scene event, but the full Soho, London locations gave the film a more murky, underworld feel and you really felt for Sammy Lee, although you realised he was his own worst enemy! Beautifully photographed in black and white, atmospheric and with Newley at his acting best. Well worth a viewing. Excellent support from Wilfred Brambell (Steptoe) as Newley/Sammy's dresser, and Julia Foster putting in a suitable innocent performance as the love interest who has fallen for Sammy's charms (lies).


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