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Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Joan Littlewood

Writers:

Stephen Lewis (screenplay), Joan Littlewood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Booth James Booth ... Charlie
Barbara Windsor ... Maggie
Roy Kinnear ... Fred
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Bridgie
Brian Murphy ... Jack
George Sewell ... Bert
Barbara Ferris ... Nellie
Griffith Davies Griffith Davies ... Chunky
Murray Melvin ... Georgie
Arthur Mullard ... Ted
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Ted's Wife
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Watchman
Bob Grant ... Perce
Stephen Lewis ... Caretaker
Victor Spinetti ... Arnold
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Storyline

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a toddler, and they all watch with more than a little interest at the trail of mayhem Charlie leaves as he goes about sorting things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Sailor, sailor, home from the sea - where little stranger can there one be ?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1964 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A verebek nem énekelnek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

As befits its setting, this film had an East End premiere rather than a West End one. The premiere took place at the ABC cinema. Mile End Road on Tuesday February 26th 1963 and should have been attended by HRH Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowden. Unfortunately, Princess Margaret went down with the flu and so Lord Snowden attended on his own. The West End premiere run began on the following Thursday at the Rialto cinema, Coventry Street. See more »

Quotes

[talking about how elderly tenants are given the top-storey flats in the high-rise blocks]
Janet: They put all the old ones at the top, you know, to kill 'em off.
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Step It Up, Nora
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A Comedy and a Nostalgia Trip
3 April 2000 | by tfdillSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out; it got very bad reviews at the time and most of my friends hated it, but I loved it then and have been haunted by the theme song ever since. For a while it was impossible to find any references to it--in fact, this is the first database where I have found the title or any information about it, though I have checked a number of commercial sites trying to find it on video. I still remember it as a charming (somewhat sentimental) and very funny comedy of a type that the British film industry did very well at that time. More recently their best work is more in a surreal or caricatural mode (such as _Cold Comfort Farm_, which is brilliant in its own way), but _The Full Monty_ caught some of the charm of the kind of comedies of everyday life that I think _Sparrows Can't Sing_ was one of. Now I just wish I could see it again.


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