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    Hi everyone - first thread!



    I recently bought a DVD of Expresso Bongo. I haven't seen it since about 1960. I am convinced there was a duet between Laurence Harvey and Meier Tzelniker. This does not appear on the DVD. Are there different versions of this fim about? Good to be able to see it in the original CinemaScope, though.

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    The best song in the film, Nausea, sung by Meier Tzelniker is missing from the DVD. It opens with the great line: When I see this little bleeder and compare him with Aida he gives me...nausea!



    I think a song sung by Harvey in his betsit is also missing.



    The sound and general picture quality on the DVD is bad.



    D.

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    I see that the American edition, from Kino, is three minutes longer than the longest UK version. I wonder if it has an extra number?

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    Actually the US Kino DVD runs 111m - about 10 minutes longer than the UK DVD. Does anyone know if the missing songs are back in. Kino website gives the aspect ratio of the US DVD as 1.85:1. I hope this is an error. The correct ratio is 2.35:1. If Kino has issued an incorrect framing, then it would be a first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylan
    The best song in the film, Nausea, sung by Meier Tzelniker is missing from the DVD. It opens with the great line: When I see this little bleeder and compare him with Aida he gives me...nausea!
    Totally agree with you. This song was the highlight of the film, and it's shambolic that it hasn't been included on the DVD. I first saw this film on tv some years back, and the scene where Tzelniker sings Nausea was included, when it was aired.



    A DVD re-release NEEDS to be on the cards, with the omitted songs included.

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    I've got the American version and I'll try to watch it and report back.

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    Expresso Bongo (1959)



    On BBC4 tonight (Friday 4th Jan 2008)



    Length : 1hr 50 mins (so it might include the elusive number NAUSEA, from

    the stage show.....)

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    Just seen Expresso Bongo on BBC4. Very disappointing, no Nausea number and shown in the wrong ratio.

    The first 30 mins were full screen 3x4 which meant much of the action was off-screen and at times there were no actors visible at all. Then after about 30 mins it suddenly slipped into a kind of wide-screen but nothing like the original 1:2.35. Bad show BBC.

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    Yes, very strange. I thought I was imagining it when the TV stayed at full frame then later allowed (via Freeview anyway) a change of ratio, even though it was obviously not screened in the original ratio. Are the DVD versions shown in OAR?

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    Yep, the ratio changed after 30 mins on Sky.

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    The DVD is the same plus poor sound quality. Wasn't there also a song by Harvey? This version, however, did show more female flesh that the one I saw in the cinema back in 1960.



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    MUST CLOSE SATURDAY RECORDS have announced three new CD releases of Original West End Cast Recordings, now available...... These include EXPRESSO BONGO with Paul Scofield (in the Laurence Harvey role) and Millicent Martin (in the Sylvia Syms role) . Admirers of Expresso Bongo (the 1959 film) can now see just how much of the musical content of the stage show was cut for the film !



    Other new releases feature Norman Wisdom (in Where's Charley?) and Dora Bryan and Daniel Massey ( in Living For Pleasure) ...





    MP3 sample tracks from these new releases are available [for free listening]

    at :

    Must Close Saturday Records





    CD Number: MCSR 3043

    Original London Cast Recordings: EXPRESSO BONGO complete (Paul Scofield,

    Millicent Martin, Hy Hazell, with a bonus song not on the original cast

    album), plus IRMA LA DOUCE (highlights) (Elizabeth Seal, Keith Michell)



    One of the 'real-life' musicals that arrived in London at the end of the

    1950s, EXPRESSO BONGO cast a wry look at the lower rungs of the pop-industry

    in its seedy Soho setting. Distinguished by its star performance by Paul

    Scofield, supported by Millicent Martin and Hy Hazell, the show's success

    further established David Heneker and Monty Norman as leading writers for

    British musicals. Although heavily sardonic (as in the pastiche of a

    terrible pop song, 'The Shrine On The Second Floor') the score also explored

    the complexities of love in such stand-out numbers as 'Seriously' and the

    lovely 'Time'.



    Elizabeth Seal will forever be associated with her outstanding starring role

    in the French/British musical IRMA LA DOUCE, and is heard here in the best

    of the songs from the original British cast recording.



    Tracks:



    EXPRESSO BONGO

    1. Overture

    2. Don't You Sell Me Down The River

    3. Expresso Party

    4. Nausea

    5. Spoil The Child

    6. Seriously

    7. I Never Had It So Good

    8. There's Nothing Wrong With British Youth Today

    9. The Shrine On The Second Floor

    10. He's Got Something For The Public

    11. I Am

    12. Nothing Is For Nothing

    13. We Bought It

    14. Time

    15. The Gravy Train

    16. Finale

    17. The 'Dip' is Dipping.

    NOTE: This was perfomed in the 1958 London production by Charles Gray,

    playing 'Captain' Cyril Mavors owner of the chic Diplomatique Club, but was

    not recorded for the original

    LP due to lack of space. [Bonus Track, recorded 2004]





    IRMA LA DOUCE

    18. Valse Milieu

    19. Tres Tres Snob

    20. The Bridge of Caulaincourt

    21. Our Language Of Love

    22. She's Got The Lot

    23. Dis-Donc, Dis-Donc

    24. The Wreck Of A Mec

    25. That's A Crime

    26. Le Grisbi Is Le Root Of Le Evil In Man

    27. From A Prison Cell

    28. Irma-La-Douce



    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------



    CD Number: MCSR 3044

    Original London Cast Recordings:: WHERE'S CHARLEY? (complete) Norman Wisdom,

    Pip Hinton, Marion Grimaldi, plus CRYSANTHEMUM (Pat Kirkwood, Hubert Gregg)



    Norman Wisdom scored one of his greatest successes as Charley's Aunt

    ('where the nuts come from') in Frank Loesser's WHERE'S CHARLEY , the

    brilliant musical adaptation of Brandon Thomas' old farce. This is a classic

    score with such evergreens as 'Lovelier Than Ever' and 'Once In Love With

    Amy'. Although originally a Broadway show, the London cast of 1958 was the

    first to record all the songs. Ably supported by Pip Hinton, Marion Grimaldi

    and a superb orchestra, Wisdom proves himself to be a true star of his time

    in this enduring period delight.



    Pat Kirkwood and Hubert Gregg are the stars of the ragtime musical

    CHRYSANTHEMUM with its tuneful and lively songs firmly rooted in pastiche.

    Only one song has had to be missed from the original LP because of time

    restrictions.



    Tracks:

    WHERE'S CHARLEY?

    1. Overture

    2. Where's Charley?

    3. Better Get Out Of Here

    4. The New Ashmolean Marching Society and Student Conservatory Band

    5. My Darling, My Darling

    6. Serenade With Asides

    7. Make A Miracle

    8. Lovelier Than Ever

    9. The Woman In HisRoom

    10. Pernambuco

    11. Once In Love With Amy

    12. The Gossips

    13. At The Red Rose Cotillion

    14. Finale



    CHRYSANTHEMUM

    15. Overture / Alexander

    16. Watch Your Step

    17. Mary Ann

    18. Sorry You've Been Troubled

    19. Is This Love?

    20. Love Is A Game

    21. Act One Finale

    22. Saturday Night

    23. Thanks To The Weather

    24. No More Love Songs

    25. How Can I Find My Love?

    26. Shanghai Lil

    27. The Fire Brigade

    28. Finale



    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------





    CD Number: MCSR 3045

    RICHARD ADDINSELL scores

    LIVING FOR PLEASURE (the West End revue, starring Dora Bryan, Daniel

    Massey, Janie Marden) (complete recording)

    Plus

    ALICE IN WONDERLAND / ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (complete studio

    recording with Juliet Mills as Alice, David Nixon, Charlie Drake)



    This disc devoted to the music of Richard Addinsell begins with the original

    London cast recording of the hugely successful 1958 intimate revue LIVING

    FOR PLEASURE. Arthur Macrae's witty and sometimes wicked lyrics provide

    Addinsell with a perfect platform for his skills as a theatre composer,

    including the classic 'tart with a heart of gold' number for its star Dora

    Bryan, heard here in a variety of songs and sketches, and expertly crafted

    songs for the show's chanteuse, golden-voiced Janie Marden. The cast also

    includes Rank starlet Susan Beaumont.



    The rare British studio recording of excerpts from Addinsell's score to

    accompany Lewis Carroll's timeless classic ALICE stories perfectly

    complements our already available Broadway cast recording of 1947 (MCSR

    3012) . This enchanting version features Juliet Mills as Alice, David Nixon

    and Charlie Drake. There are several songs not heard on the Broadway

    recording. Altogether a wonderful find!



    Tracks:



    LIVING FOR PLEASURE

    1. Living For Pleasure

    2. Book Ends

    3. Alone With A Love Song

    4. The Lady

    5. Mr Wrong

    6. No Ball

    7. Dustbin Follies

    8. Sloane Street Ladies

    9. The Two Miss Browns

    10. Shepherding Sheep

    11. Lost Without Your Love

    12. Friends

    13. Love You Good, Love You Right

    14. No Better Than I Should Be

    15. Finale



    ALICE IN WONDERLAND

    16. A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

    17. How Doth The Little Crocodile?

    18. You Are Old, Father William

    19. Speak Roughly To Your Little Boy

    20. Will You Walk A Little Faster?

    21. Beautiful Soup

    22. They Told Me You Had Been To Her / Finale



    ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

    23. Introductory Music

    24. The Walrus And The Carpenter

    25. The Lion And The Unicorn

    26. I'll Tell Thee Everything I Know

    27. To The Looking Glass World / Finale



    Website: http://www.must-close-saturday-records.co.uk

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    Thank you very much for these audio clips. Great fun!

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    Does anyone know if the Collector's Edition DVD contains the missing songs?

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    The DVD of Expresso Bongo given away with today's Daily Mail is, surprisingly, in the full 'Scope (2.35:1) aspect ratio but there is a wide black border all around the frame, so a TV with a good zoom is required. It is an excellent quality transfer although it is the 101 minute version with a few numbers missing, including Nausea.

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    "Call this music? What a scandal, in his grave is turning Handel"



    I have a VHS recording of Expresso Bongo which includes Nausea but it isn't on my DVD copy.

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    The opening of Expresso Bongo has shades of similarity to the moving closing credits of West Side Story.

    (Would put the opening clip on but it's only the full film of EB which is available on YT so not too sure whether it would cause problems on the forum)

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    The film Expresso Bongo was released before West Side Story, I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian_craster View Post
    The film Expresso Bongo was released before West Side Story, I think
    You're correct Julian, Bongo was 1959 and West Side Story 1961.

    Paul

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    I've just come across this thread and thought I should add to it as my parents saw the original west end production, I have the vinyl album and the theatre programme , it's interesting to see several people who were in the production but were not credited on the recording as they were just part of the company, Victor Spinetti, Barry Cryer, Jill Gascoine, Carol Ann Ford & Hilda Fenemore & George Tovey who played Bongo's parents, It also mentions the missing song 'The Dip is Dipping', it opened the second half of the show - the stage version is much darker and sardonic compared to the film, whereas Herbert Bongo goes on to be a success in the film , he ends up back in his old job in the play, then I guess Cliff Richard wouldn't have wanted the role if he had been playing a loser...

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