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Part of the London Lives Season 12 November 2014 02:30 PM

What a crazy world

Director Michael Carreras
Writers Michael Carreras, Alan Klein
Year 1963
Starring Joe Brown, Susan Maughan, Marty Wilde, Harry H. Corbett
Admission Free admission
Location Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
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An unemployed East End youngster trying to make his way as a singer, against a background of dog-racing, corner cafes and amusement arcades. This genuine East London pop musical, made in the midst of early 60s Brit-pop mania, was commissioned from singer Alan Klein by Gerry Raffles of Stratford’s Theatre Workshop and directed by Carreras, then head of Hammer films, between his more normal fare, Maniac and Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb. Apart from its distinctively ‘English’ songs, by Brown, Maughan (who had just released her hit ‘Bobby’s Girl’), Marty Wilde and Freddie and the Dreamers, the film offers a range of authentic London locations, and an interesting comparison with the better-known Theatre Workshop film Sparrows Can’t Sing, released in the same year.

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