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Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Joan Littlewood

Writers:

Stephen Lewis (screenplay), Joan Littlewood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Booth James Booth ... Charlie
Barbara Windsor ... Maggie
Roy Kinnear ... Fred
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Bridgie
Brian Murphy ... Jack
George Sewell ... Bert
Barbara Ferris ... Nellie
Griffith Davies Griffith Davies ... Chunky
Murray Melvin ... Georgie
Arthur Mullard ... Ted
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Ted's Wife
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Watchman
Bob Grant ... Perce
Stephen Lewis ... Caretaker
Victor Spinetti ... Arnold
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Storyline

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a toddler, and they all watch with more than a little interest at the trail of mayhem Charlie leaves as he goes about sorting things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sailor, sailor, home from the sea - where little stranger can there one be ?

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1964 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A verebek nem énekelnek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It was alleged that the Kray Twins were extras in this film, but this is untrue. However one of their bodyguards and club bouncers, Pat Connolly (aka Big Pat), appears in a scene at the Flamingo Club. In an interview that Barbara Windsor and Murray Melvin gave for the British Film Institute in 2015, they mentioned that the Kray Twins did turn up during filming, persuading local residents to co-operate with the filming. See more »

Quotes

Nellie: 'Scuse me. I'm looking for some people by the name of Briggs. I just want to know their address.
[caretaker points to a flat about half-way up the tower block]
Caretaker: You see that flat up their with the Venetian blinds up? Well they're down. That's the one. If the blinds are up and the lights are out, they're out. When the blinds are down and the lights are on, they're in. Course if the blinds are down and the lights are out, they might be out.
Chunky: Might just be a blind.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: . . . . and so on See more »

Connections

Featured in Remembering Merton Park Studios (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Sparrows Can't Sing
Written and Composed by Lionel Bart
Sung by Barbara Windsor
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Awful stuff. Painful to sit through.
1 April 2019 | by ffa01See all my reviews

I've never watched a movie with more shouting in it! Why does ever actor shout his lines?

James Booth's character is a boorish oaf. God knows what Windsor's character was supposed to have seen in him.

Only reason it gets two starts is because of the location shooting.


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