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Melody (1971)

Two 10-year-olds create uproar for their parents that they want to get married as soon as possible – while their friend is also less than happy about the plan.

David Puttnam’s first production – from Alan Parker’s first script – was first released as Melody, then swiftly retitled S.W.A.L.K, as in “Sealed with a Loving Kiss”.

 

Puttnam had bought the rights to a handful of songs by The Bee Gees which had to be incorporated into a story. So Parker came up with this tale of two kids at a south London comprehensive whose friendship is tested when a pretty girl (Tracy Hyde) comes into their social orbit.

The boys (played by Oliver! stars Jack Wild and Mark Lester) can be seen as mirror images of Puttnam and Parker – and very clean and well-behaved they are, too.

Danny Latimer
Mark Lester 
Melody Perkins 

Tracy Hyde
Ornshaw

Jack Wild
Chambers

Colin Barrie
Muriel

Camille Davis
Burgess

Billy Franks 
Stacey

Ashley Knight
Dadds

Craig Marriott
O’Leary

William Vanderpuye
Fensham

Peter Walton
Maureen

Dawn Hope
Peggy

Kay Skinner
Rhoda

Lesley Roach
Mrs Latimer 

Sheila Steafel 
Mr Perkins

Roy Kinnear 
Mrs Perkins

Kate Williams 
Grandma Perkins

Hilda Barry
Headmaster

James Cossins 
Mr Dicks 

Ken Jones 
Miss Fairfax

June Jago
Miss Dimkins 

June Ellis
Mr Fellows

Tim Wylton 
Betty

Petal Young
George

Robin Hunter

Director
Waris Hussein