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Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)

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 ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »


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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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Release Date:

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 (Sarah Booth). See more »

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A Comedy and a Nostalgia Trip

I saw this film when it first came out; it got very bad reviews at the time and most of my friends hated it, but I loved it then and have been haunted by the theme song ever since. For a while it was impossible to find any references to it--in fact, this is the first database where I have found the title or any information about it, though I have checked a number of commercial sites trying to find it on video. I still remember it as a charming (somewhat sentimental) and very funny comedy of a type that the British film industry did very well at that time. More recently their best work is more in a surreal or caricatural mode (such as _Cold Comfort Farm_, which is brilliant in its own way), but _The Full Monty_ caught some of the charm of the kind of comedies of everyday life that I think _Sparrows Can't Sing_ was one of. Now I just wish I could see it again.

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