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The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

| Drama | April 1963 (UK)
The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

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Ken Hughes

Writer:

Ken Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Newley ... Sammy
Julia Foster ... Patsy
Robert Stephens ... Gerry
Wilfrid Brambell ... Harry
Warren Mitchell ... Lou
Miriam Karlin ... Milly
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Fred
Clive Colin Bowler Clive Colin Bowler ... Johnny
Toni Palmer Toni Palmer ... Joan
Harry Locke ... Stage Manager
Al Mulock Al Mulock ... The Dealer
Cyril Shaps ... Morrie
Roy Kinnear ... Lucky Dave
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... 'Rembrandt'
Harry Baird ... Buddy Shine
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The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.75 : 1
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Julia Foster had been promised a body double for the striptease sequence, but had to do it anyway when the other girl proved unsuitable. See more »

Quotes

Sammy 'Lee' Leeman: [Addressing the audience] Well, thank you for that thunderous ovation. Good afternoon, gentlemen, and welcome to the Peepshow Club. And you're welcome to it. We've got a wonderful show here for you today so I want you to forget about the wife and make yourselves comfortable; not too comfortable there, Sir, thank you. We were raided last week. Sit back, relax, enjoy yourselves. We've got some really beautiful girls here, some really beautiful girls
[a heckler shouts "well let's see 'em then"]
Sammy 'Lee' Leeman: Keep...
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The Small World Of Sammy Lee (1963)
21 June 2011 | by rhylcolinjonesSee all my reviews

This is a big screen version of a BBC TV play. Anthony Newley, whose string of Top 20 pop hits had just come to an end, puts in a surprisingly good performance as Sammy Lee, a strip club compère whose gambling debts land him in trouble with gangsters. Newley was a quirky actor and takes some getting used to. Always nice to see Julia Foster who plays a doting innocent, and there are memorable cameos from Warren Mitchell and Miriam Karlin as his brother and his sister-in-law. Set before strip clubs and gambling were entirely lawful, the film is in black-and-white which enhances the period atmosphere. Jazz fans may care to note that the original music is composed by tenor saxist Kenny Graham.


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