Samuel Leeman (Anthony Newley) – who goes by the name Sammy Lee – is the comic MC at a seedy Soho strip joint called the Peepshow Club who is constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money – all the time digging himself deeper and deeper into trouble.
The main plot concerns Sammy’s attempt to raise £300 to pay off a debt to a mysterious unseen entity called “Connor”. But Connor has henchmen, and they are quickly dispatched when Sammy admits he doesn’t have the money.
Surprisingly, the main henchman is sympathetic to Sammy’s pleadings and gives him several hours to scrape up the cash and the rest of the film is concerned with Sammy’s machinations.
There is suspense, high drama and heartbreak in this story. Beautifully photographed in black and white, the addition of location filming in Soho, London, gave the film a murky, underworld feel which suits the storyline perfectly.
Sammy ‘Lee’ Leeman
Kenneth J. Warren
Clive Colin Bowler
Maurice ‘Morrie’ Bellman