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The Breaking of Bumbo (1970)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 September 1973 (Ireland)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Warwick ...
Bumbo
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Susie
Natasha Pyne ...
Sheila
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Billy
John Bird ...
Jock
Donald Pickering ...
Jorum
Derek Newark ...
C.S.M. Peters
Don McKillop ...
R.S.M.
Peter Myers ...
C.O.
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Crutcher
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Bean
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Horwood
George Janson ...
Farquhar
Robert Swann ...
Machaffie
Peter Whitting ...
Downley
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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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Music by Brian Gascoigne
Lyrics by Andrew Sinclair (uncredited)
Sung by Chris Ellis
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A curiosity
24 May 2016 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When EMI took over an ailing ABPC in 1970 they decided to get Elstree studios working again.With that in mind they appointed Bryan Forbes as head of production.He produced a slate of 16 films.Some of those,such as The Railway Children,still get an airing on TV.However this film never got a cinema release.It was recently released on DVD and has a recent TV screening on London Live.The film is presumably supposed to be a comedy,well it isn't.It is incoherent.So far as I was concerned the only moment of interest was the brief shot of an Arsenal match at Highbury,not Stamford Bridge as indicated by another reviewer.There are also some interesting shots of London in that era.


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