Expresso Bongo

A Singing Idol

1959

Val Guest
Director

Cliff Richard stars as Bongo Herbert, yes, Bongo Herbert. Good record of the life and times at a milestone in cultural history, as a film, mostly harmless. Directed by unsung Brit genius Val Guest.

-The Sloth

Hard to belive this is only a few years before the Beatles changed everything. I'd take the twangy guitar sounds The Shadows are putting out here over the 'Fab Four' any day.

The West End musical this film is based on is a sharp satire of the music industry; the movie has completely different music and instead becomes a valentine to the same industry. It's also not a very good movie - I guess it's easier to make a mediocre film than to make a good satire.

-Dave W.


Expresso Bongo
6th November 2001
DVD

Not Rated

111 mins
2.35:1


19th September 2005
DVD



111 mins
2.35:1



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John Timberlake
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Laurence Harvey
Johnny Jackson
Sylvia Syms
Maisie King
Yolande Donlan
Dixie Collins
Cliff Richard
Bert Rudge / Bongo Herbert
Meier Tzelniker
Mayer
Ambrosine Phillpotts
Lady Rosemary
Eric Pohlmann
Leon
(as Eric Pohlman)
Gilbert Harding
Himself
Hermione Baddeley
Penelope
Reginald Beckwith
Reverend Tobias Craven
Unknown Male 98
Arcade Patron
Jack Wilson
Sand Dancer
Joe Keppel
Sand Dancer
Marcel de Villiers
Sand Dance Crowd
Jim Tyson
Sand Dance Crowd
Jack 'Kid' Berg
Sand Dance Crowd
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Sand Dance Crowd
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Accordionst
Unknown Male 123
Sand Dance Crowd
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Sand Dance Crowd
Unknown Male 84
Sand Dance Crowd
Wolf Mankowitz
Sandwich Man
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Passerby
(Otto Friese?)
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Passerby
Burt Kwouk
Soho Teen
Unknown Male 37
Hot Dog Vendor
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Soho Teen
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Soho Teen
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News Vendor
Unknown Male 88
Painter Outside Delicatessen
Max Bacon
Delicatessen Pundit
Davy Kaye
Delicatessen Pundit
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Girl in Delicatessen
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Girl in Delicatessen
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Counterman
Reg Thomason
Jukebox Delivery Man
Marcel de Villiers
Jukebox Delivery Man
Bill Rayment
Intime Theatre Food Barman
Jim Brady
Intime Theatre Patron
Unknown Male 84
Jukebox Delivery Man
Ken Hutchins
Jukebox Delivery Man
Dave's Unknown Male 25
Passerby
Lisa Peake
Chinese Rose
Joseph Tregonino
Intime Theatre Barman
Kenneth Griffith
Charlie
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Intime Theatre Stagehand
Martin Miller
Kakky
Unknown Male 93
Intime Theatre Patron
Romo Gorrara
Intime Theatre Patron
Unknown Female 23
Passerby
Barry Lowe
Beast Burns
Jet Harris
Bass Guitarist (The Shadows)
Hank Marvin
Lead Guitarist (The Shadows)
Tony Meehan
Drummer (The Shadows)
Bruce Welch
Rhythm Guitarist (The Shadows)
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Espresso Bar Patron
Unknown 5903
Espresso Bar Patron
Geremy Phillips
Coffee Bar Patron
Jill Carson
Dancing Girl in Coffee Bar
Vicky Marshall
Dancing Teen
Drewe Henley
Dancing Teen in Coffee Bar
Unknown Female 23
Coffee Bar Patron
Terence Maidment
Coffee Bar Patron
Avis Bunnage
Myrtle Rudge
Jim McManus
Coffee Barman
Susan Burnet
Edna Rudge
Wilfrid Lawson
Mr. Rudge
Redmond Bailey
Street Extra
Stan Simmons
Street Extra
Mabel Etherington
Street Extra
Unknown Male 123
Arcade Patron
Marcel de Villiers
Arcade Patron
Unknown Female 39
Arcade Patron
Timothy Bateson
Arcade Manager
Norma Parnell
Millie - Garrick Records Receptionist
Guy Standeven
Recording Engineer
Unknown 5903
BBC Man Outside Intime Club
Ted Carroll
TV Film Crew
Gerald Paris
TV Film Crew
Steve Donahue
TV Film Crew
Ernie Rice
TV Film Crew
Bobby Wright
Simon - TV Film Director
Unknown Female 35
TV Van Crowd
Esme Smythe
TV Van Crowd
Ernest Fennemore
Policeman
Colin McKenzie
Policeman
Jack Armstrong
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Paula Barry
Intime Girl - Dancer
Eddie Boyce
Autograph Seeker
Rita Burke
Intime Girl - Dancer
Esma Cannon
Theatre Cleaner
Alf Casha
Waiter
Tony Castleton
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Patti Dalton
Intime Girl - Dancer
Rodney Dines
Teenager
Mabel Etherington
Reception
Roy Everson
Miss Collin's Chaffeur
Geoffrey Frederick
Reggie - Reporter at Reception
Rex Garner
Waiter
Susan Hampshire
Cynthia
Victor Harrington
Photographer at Reception
George Hilsdon
Intime Theatre Patron
George Holdcroft
Photographer at Reception
Philip Johns
Photographer at Reception
Gerry Judge
Waiter
Kathryn Keeton
Alma
Lloyd Lamble
Drunk Propositioning Maisie
Copeland Lawrence
Toastmaster
Patricia Lewis
Herself
Dickey Luck
TV Van Crowd
Colin McKenzie
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Jack McNaughton
Jack - Journalist
Tony Mendleson
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Pamela Morris
Intime Girl - Dancer
Peter Myers
Cynthia's Boyfriend
Richard Nellor
Reception
Larry Noble
Sad Man at Reception Bar
Maureen O'Connor
Intime Girl - Dancer
Christine Phillips
Drusilla
Harry Phipps
TV Film Crew
Harry Phipps
Stagehand
John Rae
Arthur - Stage Doorman
Edith Raye
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Bess Rogers
Cafe Customer
Terry Sartain
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Jimmy Scott
Theatre Audience
John Smart
Intime Theatre Patron
Sylvia Steele
Intime Girl - Dancer
Emil Stemmler
Waiter
Fred Stroud
TV Film Crew
Fred Stroud
Reception
John Tatum
Reception
Reg Thomason
Reception
Jim Tyson
TV Van Crowd
Unknown Male 108
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown Male 70
Reception
Unknown Male 72
Theatre Staff
Harry Van Engel
Intime Theatre Patron
Robert Vossler
Photographer at Reception
Ross Yeo
Choirboy
Patrick Cargill
A Harley Street Psychiatrist
Joe Dunne
John Gayford
Reporter at Reception
Vivienne Haggar
Fred Haggerty
Lorraine Hamilton
Frank Maher
Peter Pocock
Lesley Scoble
Teri Scoble
Lindsay Scott-Patton
Undetermined Role
(probably a Choirboy)
Dennis Waterman
Undetermined Role
(probably a Choirboy)
Del Baker
Record Shop Customer
(1962 reissue only)