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The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

 |  Drama  |  April 1963 (UK)
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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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Sammy 'Lee' Leeman
Julia Foster ...
Patsy
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Gerry Sullivan
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Harry
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Lou Leeman
Miriam Karlin ...
Milly
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Fred
Clive Colin Bowler ...
Johnny
Toni Palmer ...
Joan
Harry Locke ...
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Al Mulock ...
Dealer
Cyril Shaps ...
Maurice 'Morrie' Bellman
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Lucky Dave
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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In the opening credits, a cinema marquee advertising As Nature Intended (1961) appears. This was done as a favor to the film's director George Harrison Marks, who was a friend of this film's star, Anthony Newley. See more »

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great portrayal of early 60s Soho
11 July 2009 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

I saw this upon its original release in 1963 and loved. Never having being able to see it again I was sorry to miss it at a rare BFI Southbank showing last year and now here it is on DVD. To be honest, I remember enjoying it despite its gambling debt theme but now find this an annoyance. The b/w cinematography is still wonderful and this is a great portrayal of early 60s Soho, when it was more Jewish and Italian than Chinese and gay as it is now. Later in the 60s I was old enough to visit pubs and music venues and recall that older prostitutes still stood on the corners, though not anymore. There is still a buzz to the place and the street layout is unchanged but it doesn't have quite that jump and dare accurately depicted here. Newley is excellent in the central role and is well supported by Wilfred Brambell and Julia Foster.


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