The Small World of Sammy Lee

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The Small World of Sammy Lee is just around any corner in Soho. Peopled by the pimps, the punters, the brasses and the bookies, and with boils on its face like the sleazy Peepshow club where Sammy Lee (Anthony Newley) comperes the strip-tease. Sammy is worried. When you owe £300 to a bookie like Conner you’re entitled to be worried. Particularly when his muscle men are coming in a few hours’ time to collect the cash. Refused help from brother, Lou (Warren Mitchell), Sammy is desperately setting up shady deals to raise the money.

A lost gem of British cinema, this 1963 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens is perfectly set in the sleazy Soho of the early 1960s, alongside Kenny Graham’s impeccable jazz soundtrack.

Part of the Soho A Gogo Film Festival.

BBFC rating
12
Year
1963
Running time
107 mins
Country
UK
Format
35mm
Other features
BW
Director
Ken Hughes
Cast
Anthony Newley, Julia Foster, Robert Stephens

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April 29th