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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:

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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 the students arrive to give a concert as a string quartet, Alex's aunt (Ambrosine Phillpotts) directs the players, "Will you all take your coats in the room there, with 'Artistes' written on the door?" The door through which they pass to their dressing room has nothing written on it. See more »

Soundtracks

Scapino: A Comedy Overture
(1940, revised 1949) (uncredited)
Music by William Walton
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Carry on musician in the house
20 September 2005 | by richard-meredith27See all my reviews

I feel desperately sorry for every one involved in this film. It might be the only film that has James Robertson Justice crossing swords with Kenneth Williams. And it must have been a good wheeze to squeeze a 'Carry-on' cast into a college plot that could have, with the necessary alterations, been a 'Doctor in the house' film.

The script is written by Bruce Montgomery, film and light music composer (he wrote the original Carry-On theme) but it collapses under the demands of episodic sub-plots that effectively wreck the two main plots- Leslie Philips being taken for a ride by Music publisher Sid James, and the rivalry between the main characters for a music scholarship.

Bright spots? Yes, Esmee Cannon steals the show (again) as a deaf landlady and Eric Barker's mad professor. But that's it. However, we have at least the satisfaction of knowing Montgomery finished the script. At this time he was sliding into alcoholism, trying to live down the huge success of his early detective novels (All of which have yet to be filmed!).


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