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Six-Five Special (1958)

A young singer on a train bound for London finds herself among a group of famous musicians and performers.

Director:

Alfred Shaughnessy

Writer:

Norman Hudis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ... Himself
Dickie Valentine Dickie Valentine ... Himself
Jim Dale ... Himself
Petula Clark ... Herself
Russ Hamilton Russ Hamilton ... Himself
Joan Regan ... Herself
The King Brothers The King Brothers ... Themselves (as The King Bros.)
Jackie Dennis Jackie Dennis ... Himself
John Dankworth John Dankworth ... Himself (as Johnny Dankworth)
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Herself
Don Lang Don Lang ... Himself
The John Barry Seven The John Barry Seven ... Themselves
The Ken-Tones The Ken-Tones ... Themselves
Desmond Lane Desmond Lane ... Himself
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ... Himself (as Mike & Bernie Winters)
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Storyline

At the suggestion of her girlfriend, a young singer decides to try and make her name in London. Catching the overnight '6.5 Special' bound for the BBC television show, the two find the train full of 1950's British pop stars only too ready to burst into song. As the presenters of the show are also on board, our heroine is assured of a spot on the following Saturday's 'Six Five Special'. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling All Cats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Finlay Currie receives a "guest star" credit. See more »

Quotes

Finlay Currie: Nerves; a good actor lives with them, a bad actor lives on them
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Connections

Spun-off from Six-Five Special (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Jack O'Diamonds
Traditional
Adapted and Arranged by Jimmy Curry (as James Currie) and Lonnie Donegan
Performed by Lonnie Donegan
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British 'pop' 1950s style.
10 February 2019 | by petervanaanroySee all my reviews

After an interval of 60 years, this film is simply embarrassing.

This is, quite simply, a means to cash in on the then popularity of the 6.5 Special TV show. To have a singer pick up a guitar in a railway carriage and suddenly be accompanied by and orchestra and chorus might have been believable in 1958, but not for much longer afterwards.

Kitsch at its kitchest indeed. To its credit, it does allow us to see popular singers as they were in their formative years.


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