Brown stars as unemployed East End lad Alf Hitchens (Brown) who has an on-off relationship with his girlfriend Marilyn (Maughan), whilst trying to sell a song he has written. But it’s Wilde who steals the show as roughneck Herbie Shadbolt.
Filmed in black and white it mixes together a bit of everything that was popular during the early 1960s, from kitchen sink social drama to musical numbers, dance scenes, and street gang culture.
The depiction of working-class life is as accurate as any kitchen sink drama from the period and the musical segments are great fun, particularly the highlight where the hilarious Freddie and the Dreamers turn up for a nightclub act.
Harry H. Corbett
The Common Man
Freddie & The Dreamers
The Happy Wanderers