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Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert's protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny starts... See more »

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Johnny Jackson
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Maisie King
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Dixie Collins
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Bert Rudge / Bongo Herbert
Meier Tzelniker ...
Mayer
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Lady Rosemary
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Leon
Gilbert Harding ...
Himself
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Penelope
Reginald Beckwith ...
Reverend Tobias Craven
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Barry ...
Intime Girl - Dancer (uncredited)
Avis Bunnage ...
Mrs. Rudge (uncredited)
Rita Burke ...
Intime Girl - Dancer (uncredited)
Susan Burnet ...
Edna Rudge (uncredited)
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Night Club Cleaner (uncredited)
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A Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Jill Carson ...
Teenager (uncredited)
Patty Dalton ...
Intime Girl (uncredited)
Rodney Dines ...
Teenager (uncredited)
Roy Everson ...
Miss Collins' chauffeur (uncredited)
Kenneth Griffith ...
Charlie (uncredited)
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Cynthia (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ...
Press Photographer (uncredited)
Jet Harris ...
Bass Guitarist in Beat Group (uncredited)
Katherine Keeton ...
Alma (uncredited)
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Soho Youth (uncredited)
Copeland Lawrence ...
Toastmaster (uncredited)
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Mr. Rudge (uncredited)
Patricia Lewis ...
Woman Columnist (uncredited)
Barry Lowe ...
Beast Burns (uncredited)
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Sandwich Man (uncredited)
Hank B. Marvin ...
Lead Guitarist in Beat Group (uncredited)
Jack McNaughton ...
Jack - Journalist (uncredited)
Tony Meehan ...
Drummer in Beat Group (uncredited)
Martin Miller ...
Kakky (uncredited)
Pamela Morris ...
Intime Girl (uncredited)
Peter Myers ...
Cynthia's Boyfriend (uncredited)
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Drunk at Bar (uncredited)
Maureen O'Connor ...
Intime Girl - Dancer (uncredited)
Norma Parnell ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Lisa Peake ...
Chinese Rose (uncredited)
Christine Phillips ...
Drusilla (uncredited)
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Beat Group (uncredited)
Guy Standeven ...
Recording Engineer (uncredited)
Sylvia Steele ...
Intime Girl - Dancer (uncredited)
Emile Stemmler ...
Waiter at Reception (uncredited)
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Jukebox Delivery Man (uncredited)
Bruce Welch ...
Rhythm Guitarist in Beat Group (uncredited)

Directed by

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Val Guest

Written by (WGA)

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Wolf Mankowitz ... (play) &
Julian More ... (play)
 
Wolf Mankowitz ... (written by)

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Val Guest ... producer
Jon Penington ... associate producer

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Robert Farnon

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John Wilcox

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Bill Lenny

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Anthony Masters ... (as Tony Masters)

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Beatrice Dawson

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Ernest Gasser ... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Pat Marsden ... production manager (as Patrick Marsden)

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Philip Shipway ... assistant director

Art Department

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Tony Woollard ... draughtsman (uncredited)

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Chris Greenham ... sound editor
Bert Ross ... sound mixer

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Bob Cuff ... matte painter (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Moray Grant ... camera operator
Geoff Glover ... focus puller (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Pierre Balmain ... dresses: Yolande Donlan

Music Department

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Robert Farnon ... musical director
Norrie Paramor ... composer: additional music / music associate

Other crew

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Pamela Davies ... continuity
Kenneth MacMillan ... choreographer
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Plot Summary

Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert's protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny starts him on the road to stardom. The deal they cut, however, is highly exploitative of the young singer, and their relationship soon begins to go bad. Written by George S. Davis

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Taglines Laurence Harvey in an outstanding and different motion picture that takes you into a world of burlesque houses .. jazz dens ... and flesh-and-blood people! See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Singing Idol (Canada, English title)
  • O arhon tou ypokosmou (Greece)
  • Espresso bongo (Italy)
  • Café Expresso Bongo (Finland)
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  • 111 min
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Trivia The credit titles for writer, producer and director are written on sandwich boards carried by writer Wolf Mankowitz as he walks around Soho. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965). See more »
Soundtracks Nausea See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown on a neon sign outside a theatre, a jukebox, a pinball machine, a barrel organ, a restaurant menu, a pin-board, ending with a sandwich-board man. See more »

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