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Roommates (1961)

Raising the Wind (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 October 1962 (USA)
A group of students at an elite music school decide to share a flat in order to cut their living costs and have somewhere to practice together. They get into quite a few scraps and ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Bruce Montgomery (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Benjamin Boyd
Leslie Phillips ... Mervyn Hughes
Paul Massie Paul Massie ... Malcolm Stewart
Kenneth Williams ... Harold Chesney
Liz Fraser ... Miranda Kennaway
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Dr. Morgan Rutherford
Jennifer Jayne ... Jill Clemons
Jimmy Thompson Jimmy Thompson ... Alex Spendlove
Sidney James ... Sid
Esma Cannon ... Mrs. Deevens
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir John
Jill Ireland ... Janet
Victor Maddern ... Removal Man
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Harry
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Bostwick
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Storyline

A group of students at an elite music school decide to share a flat in order to cut their living costs and have somewhere to practice together. They get into quite a few scraps and adventures, including impersonating a celebrity quintet. However when Mervyn Hughes accidentally sells a catchy pop tune to an advertising agency he risks losing his scholarship unless he and his friends can raise the money to buy the rights back. Written by bob the moo

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A Laugh in every Note !

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roommates See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Posters and album covers on the wall of the music publishing office include many pop stars including Acker Bilk, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard, Conway Twitty, and Ray Conniff. See more »

Goofs

When Mervyn (Leslie Phillips) writes his tune, he is drunk and the story about it gets sent to a music paper, gets printed and published and sent to the shops, and gets read all before his hangover from that time wears off. See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played during Chesney's performance for the scholarship
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Takes one to know one...
21 February 2013 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

I should confess right away that I spent two years as a student in a conservatory, and have spent all my life hanging around with musicians. I'm sure that influenced my positive opinion about this movie, and I can understand why other reviewers who don't share my background don't find it funny.

I knew I was going to enjoy it when the opening credits featured cartoons by the inimitable Gerard Hoffunung. The cast list also promised a host of Britain's most amusing character players. The script and score are by Bruce Montgomery, a fine mystery writer and film composer. And how odd that the opening scene outside the music school used the exact same filming location as was used for the hospital in "Doctor in the House." (Not to mention that the doctor's nemesis also plays the students' nemesis here, too.)

Of course, as others have pointed out, most of the actors are too old for their "student" roles, and the plot is fairly thin (but typical for a sitcom). What's funny for me are all the jokes and situations that any working musician will have had to deal with: overbearing teachers, time-wasting teachers, blabbing conductors, over-confident student hot-shots, conflict between "serious" and "pop" music, etc. If you don't know who Barbirolli and Sargent are, you'll miss a couple of jokes. (And you might not also catch the "skeletons on a tin roof" joke from Sir Thomas Beecham.) There's even a tip of the hat to Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, if you look carefully at the music school sign.

The 90 minutes breezed by, and the HD version available on Amazon Prime looked pristine on my iPad. Recommended highly for musical people; and fairly highly for fans of mid-century British comedy. Kenneth Williams alone is worth the price of admission.


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