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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.



(from his TV-play "Sammy")


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Sullivan
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Lou Leeman
Miriam Karlin ...
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Clive Colin Bowler ...
Toni Palmer ...
Harry Locke ...
Stage Manager
Al Mulock ...
Maurice 'Morrie' Bellman
Lucky Dave
Derek Nimmo ...
Buddy Shine


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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April 1963 (UK)  »

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5 ore violente a Soho  »

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In the opening credits, a cinema marquee advertising Naked 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 »


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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This film portrays exactly how it was in Soho in the sixties and having worked in Soho during that period i can easily identify with the streets and establishments shown throughout the film . The story of this film is so credible , as , from experience , the plot defines exactly how it was around that time . I do know that it was precisely what used to happen in the sixties and later . What a treat to see the actual environment for what it was and not to be limited to studio scenery . Newley is at his brilliant best here and is the ideal candidate for this type of role. Wilfrid Brambell also shows his talents as a straight actor in this film although many people only associate him with comedy roles . Wilfrid really shines as Sammy's errand boy here , what a pity we haven't seen him in more 'straight' roles over the years . Poor Julia Foster , she also plays a blinder in this one too . She is so smitten with Sammy and refuses to admit that there cannot be any future between them as they really have completely different lifestyles . All in all , i think this film is so true to life that the Producer really does deserve an award , not only for the storyline but for casting the correct actors to portray the right roles in this.

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