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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 ...
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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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great portrayal of early 60s Soho
11 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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