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Sparrows Can’t Sing (1963)

Charlie (James Booth) returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and his wife Maggie (Barbara Windsor) gone.

Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert (George Sewell) 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.

This kitchen sink comedy-drama from the early 1960s was co-written by Stephen Lewis (who went on to fame as “Blakey” from On The Buses) who has a small part in the film.

An illegal drinking establishment called the ‘Kentucky Club’ appears in the film. The club was a real place, located at 106A Mile End Road and owned by the Kray twins (who apparently turned up on location during filming and persuaded local Limehouse residents to co-operate with the filming).

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

Director
Joan Littlewood