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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.

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(from his TV-play "Sammy")
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Sammy 'Lee' Leeman
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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
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Maurice 'Morrie' Bellman
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Lucky Dave
Derek Nimmo ...
Rembrandt
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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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This was a considerably expanded version of Ken Hughes's famous TV play, "Sammy", which had won rave reviews in 1958. The TV play had lasted only half-an-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 »

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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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Excellent Black-and-White photography, vivid, brilliant
30 March 2007 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie in a newly made print with German subtitles during an Austrian film festival which showed a retrospective of the work of Wolf Suschitzky, the D.O.P. of this movie. Though 95 years old, he was present and I asked him afterward about the superb quality of the picture with "the blacks as real blacks and the whites glaringly white". It was probably shot with English Ilford stock of low sensitivity. Suschitzky pointed out that the most important thing is the quality of the print material and how experienced labs can handle this. I recommend this movie for anyone seriously interested in black and white film work and for getting moody, well-lit images in a real naturalistic location. Suschitzky tried to avoid bare grays so the grain won't show and even under night conditions there are parts overexposed and therefore white. Overall this movie has a great speed made-up of daring images, a superb jazz soundtrack and fast editing. Fortunately, it doesn't have a hand-held look, every image is carefully lit and composed. It is an enjoyable journey into the live of a very nervous and hasty man who doesn't seem to get anything right and instead is digging into trouble deeper and deeper. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available on DVD right now so watch out for the cinema experience.


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