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Expresso Bongo (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 11 December 1959 (UK)
Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert's protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz (based on "Expresso Bongo" by), Julian More (based on "Expresso Bongo" by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Johnny Jackson
Sylvia Syms ... Maisie King
Yolande Donlan ... Dixie Collins
Cliff Richard ... Bert Rudge / Bongo Herbert
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Mayer
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Lady Rosemary
Eric Pohlmann ... Leon (as Eric Pohlman)
Gilbert Harding Gilbert Harding ... Himself
Hermione Baddeley ... Penelope
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Reverend Tobias Craven
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Storyline

Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert's protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny starts him on the road to stardom. The deal they cut, however, is highly exploitative of the young singer, and their relationship soon begins to go bad. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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An Extraordinary Motion Picture of Uncommon Power! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Singing Idol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First feature of Avis Bunnage. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on a neon sign outside a theatre, a jukebox, a pinball machine, a barrel organ, a restaurant menu, a pin-board, ending with a sandwich-board man. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissued in 1962 at 106 minutes. This shorter version omitted a number of songs, including "Nausea." About 2 minutes of alternate scenes were used to fill in some of the cut musical scenes. See more »

Connections

Version of Bongo Boy (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Never Had It So Good
(uncredited)
Music by David Heneker (as David Henneker) and Monty Norman
Lyrics by Julian More and Wolf Mankowitz
From original stage show
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Nausea sequence
3 November 2018 | by Simon_petersSee all my reviews

The missing Nausea sequence was included in the version shown on the British TV channel 'Taking Pictures'. It's an amusing interjection, with very little in common with the rest of the film. The film is a genuine period piece, and worth watching, despite Laurence Harvey's exuberant performance with its range of accents.


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