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    Songs arranged by John Barry - I wonder what became of him?

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    And film written by Terry Nation... I wonder what science fiction race he created?

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    Well done - I missed that connection myself. I absolutely love that title sequence and song - pure King's Road 1961, pre-Swinging London. A shot of the World's End pub is de rigeur in any period documentary on the KR, like this one:


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    Cover for my What a Whopper! press book.

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    Hard to believe people paid money to see this.

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    It takes all types! I would gladly pay money to see it again in a cinema.

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    What a Whopper was credited as having a screenplay by Terry Nation, 'based on an idea by Trevor Peacock and Jeremy Lloyd', though in truth the idea is wafer thin. The film's producer, Teddy Joseph, was later to declare that was 'a marvellous family comedy', though that was a little over-generous. More accurate was Variety's comment that 'the British appetite for for this type of unpretentious, slapstick comedy appears to insatiable.' Faith humself, who celebrated his twenty-first birthday during filming, was apparently not too taken with the end result, for he managed to avoid any mention of it in his autobiography; his 2003 obituary in the Independent was more forthcoming, dismisssing the movie as 'dire'. That was unkind and not entirely accurate, for there is much that followers of British comedy can celebrate, as one would expect from a cast that includes Sid James, Wilfrid Brambell, Terry Scott and Clive Dunn, accompanied by Freddie Frinton giving his customary portrayal of a drunk. There is also a cameo by Spike Milligan, as a tramp fishing for trout in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, and best of all a brief but fabulous appearance by Charles Hawtrey as an artist who is developing a technique of flinging paint off his palette-knives at a canvas, titled 'Daphne in the Nude'. When he's described as a painter, he bristles at the suggestion. 'Not just a painter,' he insists haughtily. 'A flicking painter'. The opening sequence meanwhile foreshadows what would soon become cliches of Swinging London, with a depiction of artistic types sharing a house in Chelsea; virtually the first words uttered by Faith are: 'I saw a couple of fabulous birds on the King's Road'.

    (From The Man Who Invented The Daleks (2011) by Alwyn W. Turner)
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    Re-watched this last night and, though hardly a classic, I found it very entertaining. Was wondering if Terry Nation wrote more comedies... I'm aware of his brief association with Hancock on the ATV series, though can't remember whether his episodes were marginally better than the rest.... Anyway, I recommend this to any fan of British comedies of the 50s and 60s and its nice that its been given a DVD release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doojeen View Post
    It takes all types! I would gladly pay money to see it again in a cinema.
    Here's an opportunity to go back all those years....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richwall100/6241457529/

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iurH0-9ZX8




    Adam Faith's digs at the house on the left - 14 Oakley Gardens, Chelsea SW3
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    I lived not far from there later on in the 60s, at 42 Sydney Street, Chelsea.
    Just had a look for it on Google maps, yep, it's still there!

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    I didn't know where to post this ... and I expect most of you have seen it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs0-7x2bESA

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    That upload is stretched out and distorted (why can't YouTube uploaders simply click on 4 x 3 for their uploads if appropriate?) Here is a better upload in the right aspect ratio that starts at 23:15 in the recording. Ignore the ropey opening at the beginning, the rest of the recording is much clearer. Earlier on, at about 16:00, Adam sings What Do You Want?; Someone Else's Baby and Big Time, accompanied by The John Barry Seven.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki9e_LUZ8dY
    Last edited by darrenburnfan; 19-11-15 at 12:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    That upload is stretched out and distorted (why can't YouTube uploaders simply click on 4 x 3 for their uploads if appropriate?) Here is a better upload in the right aspect ratio that starts at 23:15 in the recording. Ignore the ropey opening at the beginning, the rest of the recording is much clearer. Earlier on, at about 16:00, Adam sings What Do You Want?; Someone Else's Baby and Big Time, accompanied by The John Barry Seven.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki9e_LUZ8dY
    That's much better. Thanks.

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    Highly entertaining romp with most of the usual suspects and amiable performance by Faith. Terry Scott's attempt at a Scots accent. Nice to see Freddie Frinton in one of his all too few film appearances.

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