Sparrows Can't Sing Barbara Windsor Chantrell 1963

Price: £35.00
Type: Other
Condition: Very Good
Year: 1963
Genre: Drama
Reference: #1443

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Rare 4-sided Trade Show invitation to a viewing of the Barbara Windsor film "Sparrows Can't Sing" (1963) at Studio One, Oxford St, 27th Feb 1963.

Set in the East End "Sparrows Can't Sing" featured a returning merchant seaman (James Booth) to find his home demolished & his wife (Barbara Windsor) shacked up with another man. The film represented Joan Littlewood's debut as director & was scripted by Stephen Lewis (later to become "Blakey" in "On The Buses"). A host of other familiar names appeared in the film including Arthur Mullard, Yootha Joyce, Harry H Corbett, Roy Kinnear etc. The film presents a realistic representation of the old East End & was celebrated with a premier at the ABC Stepney in the Mile End Road.

Made on the patch of the gangsters the Krays, it was inevitable that Ronnie & Reggie would take an interest in the film. As they were already known to Barbara Windsor, the Krays gave permission for one scene to be filmed in one of their clubs. After the premiere, drinks were hosted at one of the Krays East End pubs & then the party continued at the Krays flagship West End haunt, "Esmeralda's".

A lovely piece of Barbara Windsor memorabilia (item folded). Chantrell's concept artwork for this film is also currently available:

Like everything sold on this site, a letter stating this item came from Chantrell's own collection will be provided.

NB. UK buyers will have £6 of the standard £12 P&P charge refunded if this item is bought alone.
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