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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Booth ...
Charlie
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Maggie
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Fred
Avis Bunnage ...
Bridgie
Brian Murphy ...
Jack
George Sewell ...
Bert
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Nellie
Griffith Davies ...
Chunky
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Georgie
Arthur Mullard ...
Ted
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Ted's Wife
Wally Patch ...
Watchman
Bob Grant ...
Perce
Stephen Lewis ...
Caretaker
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Arnold
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Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a toddler, and they all watch with more than a little interest at the trail of mayhem Charlie leaves as he goes about sorting things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Sailor, sailor, home from the sea - where little stranger can there one be ?

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30 October 1964 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Hunajapupu älä karkaa  »

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When Charlie (James Booth) sees Maggie's (Barbara Windsor) baby in the pram he says 'Look at that expression, that is definitely my baby'. He's telling the truth as it is his own daughter Sarah. See more »

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Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

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non stop believable banter and jesting
9 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Derived from her own Stratford East stage show, this Joan Littlewood film apparently did no better than its non celluloid counterpart. Now it appears fresh, confident and so evocative but I have never seen it before and like many, I suppose, wouldn't have been the slightest bit interested at age 16 in 1963 with the Beatles and all that was to follow. Seen now, however, with all that location shooting and streets that are gone depicted so well. And what irony! The fabulous extended opening shows our hero/villain returning from sea to find his wife and cannot even find his house. Bulldozed slums, replaced by brand new 18 storey blocks of flats and even they bulldozed in turn in 2000. Back to the film and it is non stop believable banter and jesting. The film does not let up once and only in the final splendid sequence in the pub do we see a trace of the theatrical origins. For anyone who has ever visited or lived in London, absolutely essential. For every one else, well worth seeing to get just a glimpse of the old East End and just an inkling of what it really was once like when everybody seemed to know almost everyone else.


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