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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 »
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:
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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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