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Momma Don't Allow (1956)

A night at the Wood Green Jazz Club - an example of 'Free Cinema'


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Credited cast:
Chris Barber Chris Barber ... Himself - trombone
Ron Bowden Ron Bowden ... Himself - drums
Jim Bray Jim Bray ... Himself - bass
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ... Himself - banjo and vocals
Pat Halcox Pat Halcox ... Himself - trumpet
Ottilie Patterson Ottilie Patterson ... Herself - vocals
Monty Sunshine Monty Sunshine ... Himself - clarinet


A night at the Wood Green Jazz Club - an example of 'Free Cinema'

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

25 January 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mama nie pozwala See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Reisz and Richardson submitted a proposal to the BFI Experimental Film Fund for a short documentary in March 1954; the film was temporarily titled "Jazz". It was shot during the winter of 1954, with a total grant of just £425. By the time it was completed in November 1955, its title had been changed to "Momma Don't Allow".

The film was shot on 16mm film during Winter 1954-5 with a total grant of just £425 (the pair had requested only £232). By the time the it was completed in November 1955, its title had been changed to Momma Don't Allow. See more »


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Best Film Ever?...... Short Film Certainly!
21 May 2013 | by scopitoneSee all my reviews

Hard to believe this is the first review for this euphoric, exhilarating and visually stunning film. Amazing film tells the story of at at least five different people at a nightclub dance party...... without one word of dialog. However, The Chris Barber Jazz Band performing at the party provides a constant live Swing /Dixieland & Rock 'n' Roll soundtrack for the films entire 22 minutes. Full of wonder & stunning first film for future Oscar winning directors Tony Richardson and Karel Reisz. Great look at 1955 Teddy Boys, Cool Kittens and Lindy Bop dancers. Delivers on every count..... Music, style, cinematography, storytelling and enthusiasm. A joy from start to finish. You'll wish it didn't end.

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