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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Booth ...
Charlie
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Maggie
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Fred
Avis Bunnage ...
Bridgie
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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
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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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Last film of Edie Martin. See more »

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The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
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A Comedy and a Nostalgia Trip
3 April 2000 | by (Columbia, MO) – See all my reviews

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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