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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 »


Joan Littlewood


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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 ?


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


As befits its setting, this film had an East End premiere rather than a West End one. The premiere took place at the ABC cinema. Mile End Road on Tuesday February 26th 1963 and should have been attended by HRH Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowden. Unfortunately, Princess Margaret went down with the flu and so Lord Snowden attended on his own. The West End premiere run began on the following Thursday at the Rialto cinema, Coventry Street. See more »


Barbara, pushing a baby in a pram is bare headed, she leaves the baby with friends and dashes off to see a boyfriend and now has a headscarf over her head. See more »


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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Liza Johnson
Written by Edgar Bateman and George LeBrunn
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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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Release Date:

30 October 1964 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A verebek nem √©nekelnek See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carthage Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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