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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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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)

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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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Referenced in The Tomcat (1968) See more »

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Perfect evocation of 60s Soho
27 January 2019 | by pdmanning-20710See all my reviews

This is definitely worth a look if it comes your way. Tony Newly is gives an uncharacteristicly understated but perfectly judged performance in this evocation of 60s Soho low life. The cast is littered with top quality British acting talent in all the minor roles. A sleazy Robert Stephens as clubbowner; Warren Mitchell and Miriam Karlin a jewish deli owner and his wife give what might seem charicature jewish performances in 21stC but no less endearing for that. Plus Wilfred Bramble, Alfred Burke and Roy Kinnear and a host of others including a very young and delicate Julia Foster If you knew Soho in the 60s there's a huge amount of gorgeous b&w location photography to bring a smile. Spot the landmarks including the famous '2 I's' coffee bar! The acting great and pretty authentic for the period. The plot - seedy entertainer owes gambling debts and needs to raise cash to pay off hoods - is low key and the violence gentle by modern standards but the device keep the momentum going nicely Don't miss it


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