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The Breaking of Bumbo (1970)

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The hilarious adventures of young Bumbo Bailey, who enlists in the Brigade of Guards and is based in the prestigious Wellington Barracks in London in the Swinging Sixties. He regards his social life as important as his military.

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Credited cast:
Richard Warwick ...
Bumbo Bailey
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Susie
Natasha Pyne ...
Sheila
Jeremy Child ...
Billy
John Bird ...
Jock
Donald Pickering ...
Jorum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Bond ...
Himself (The Graham Bond Initiation)
Michael Burrell ...
Gdsm. Matt
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Bean
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Gdsm. Andrews
Jon Croft ...
Gdsm. James
Ron Davies ...
Gdsm. Bart
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Horwood
Anouska Hempel ...
Debutante
George Janson ...
Farquhar
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The hilarious adventures of young Bumbo Bailey, who enlists in the Brigade of Guards and is based in the prestigious Wellington Barracks in London in the Swinging Sixties. He regards his social life as important as his military.

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This film has had a most curious history. It was intended that it should be directed by the team of Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, who had attracted attention with their amateur-made film "It Happened Here", which got cinema showings and general acclaim in 1966. But they left the project shortly before filming was due to begin and Andrew Sinclair, who had written the script from his own novel, was abruptly promoted to director. The film was made in the early summer of 1970 and was the opening-night attraction at the "Cinema City" exhibition at London's Round House in October of that year. (This exhibition, financed by the "Sunday Times" newspaper, was a celebration of 75 years of cinema). The film was very poorly received at this time, and plans to give it a cinema release were abruptly canceled. It went unseen in Britain until an isolated TV showing on the BBC five years later. Then it vanished again. See more »

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Red Is London
Music by Brian Gascoigne
Lyrics by Andrew Sinclair
Sung by Jean Hart
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Feeble movie, never released in cinemas.
2 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Round-House in London at a big Film exhibition in about 1970 just after it was made. ( I recall the school took us up for the day.) I recall it was mildly funny but betrayed its origin as a children's book. Its attempts to portray a sort of tourist image of swinging London seemed rather anachronistic even at the time. I believe this was about the only time it was shown in public. It poked fun at the British Army Guards Regiments and rather improbably had Bumbo trying to convert the soldiers under his command to passivism and get them to lay down their arms while on parade. It was Joanna Lumley's début in the movie but as it was never shown it did little for her at the time. With the coming of DVDs it has now been released but I don't plan to buy it.


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