Expresso Bongo

A Singing Idol

1959

Val Guest
Director
British Lion
Distirbutor

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.

Note: Thanks to Philly for sharing his spotting notes; without his eyes, this entry would be half the length!

-Dave W.



11th December 1959
Cinema



111 mins
2.35:1


12th April 1960
Cinema

Not Rated

111 mins
2.35:1

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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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
Unknown 5903
Sand Dance Crowd
Unknown 5903
Accordionst
Unknown Male 123
Sand Dance Crowd
Unknown 5903
Sand Dance Crowd
Unknown Male 84
Sand Dance Crowd
Wolf Mankowitz
Sandwich Man
Unknown 5903
Passerby
(Otto Friese?)
Unknown 5903
Passerby
Burt Kwouk
Soho Teen
Unknown Male 37
Hot Dog Vendor
Unknown 5903
Soho Teen
Patti Dalton
Soho Teen
Dave's Unknown Male 29
News Vendor
Unknown Male 88
Painter Outside Delicatessen
Max Bacon
Delicatessen Pundit
Davy Kaye
Delicatessen Pundit
Unknown 5903
Girl in Delicatessen
Unknown 5903
Girl in Delicatessen
Unknown 5903
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
Unknown 5903
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)
Unknown 5903
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
Jim McManus
Coffee Barman
Avis Bunnage
Myrtle Rudge
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
Dickey Luck
TV Van Crowd
Unknown Female 35
TV Van Crowd
Esme Smythe
TV Van Crowd
Ernest Fennemore
Policeman
Colin McKenzie
Policeman
Unknown 5903
Television Centre Concierge
Harry Phipps
TV Film Crew
Jack Sharp
TV Film Crew
Patrick Cargill
A Harley Street Psychiatrist
Del Baker
Record Shop Customer
(1962 reissue only)
Geoffrey Frederick
Reggie - Reporter at Reception
John Gayford
Reporter at Reception
Jack McNaughton
Jack - Reporter at Reception
Patricia Lewis
Herself - Reporter at Reception
Jack Armstrong
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Tony Castleton
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Edith Raye
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Colin McKenzie
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Tony Mendleson
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown Male 108
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Richard Nellor
Dorchester Hotel Reception
John Timberlake
Dorchester Hotel Reception
George Holdcroft
Photographer at Reception
Terry Sartain
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Copeland Lawrence
Butler Announcing Dixie
Philip Johns
Photographer at Reception
Unknown Female 35
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown Male 33
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown Male 70
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Larry Noble
Sad Man at Reception Bar
Unknown Male 132
Dorchester Reception Barman
Reg Thomason
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Hotel Reception
Rex Garner
Waiter at Reception
Emil Stemmler
Waiter at Reception
John Smart
Intime Theatre Patron
Lloyd Lamble
Drunk Propositioning Maisie
George Hilsdon
Intime Theatre Patron
Harry Van Engel
Intime Theatre Patron
Unknown 5903
Theatre Compere
Unknown 5903
Stagehand
Harry Phipps
Stagehand
Unknown Male 72
Stagehand
Ross Yeo
Choirboy
Susan Hampshire
Cynthia
Peter Myers
Cynthia's Boyfriend
Unknown 5903
Photographer in Dressing Room
Esma Cannon
Theatre Cleaner
John Rae
Arthur - Stage Doorman
Eddie Boyce
Autograph Seeker
Unknown 5903
Autograph Seeker
Sonnie Willis
Passerby
Unknown Male 72
Passerby
Roy Everson
Miss Collins' Chaffeur
Unknown 5903
Dorchester Doorman
Gerry Judge
Room Service Waiter
Victor Harrington
Photographer at Evening Reception
Mabel Etherington
Guest at Evening Reception
Robert Vossler
Photographer at Evening Reception
Alf Casha
Evening Reception Waiter
Unknown Male 38
Evening Reception Waiter
Unknown Male 73
Intime Theatre Patron
Unknown Male 3
Intime Theatre Patron
Kathryn Keeton
Alma
Christine Phillips
Drusilla
Paula Barry
Intime Girl - Dancer
Rita Burke
Intime Girl - Dancer
Pamela Morris
Intime Girl - Dancer
Maureen O'Connor
Intime Girl - Dancer
Sylvia Steele
Intime Girl - Dancer
Rodney Dines
Teenager
Bess Rogers
Cafe Customer
Jimmy Scott
Theatre Audience
Fred Stroud
TV Film Crew
Fred Stroud
Reception
John Tatum
Reception
Jim Tyson
TV Van Crowd
Joe Dunne
Undetermined Role
Vivienne Haggar
Undetermined Role
Fred Haggerty
Undetermined Role
Lorraine Hamilton
Undetermined Role
Frank Maher
Undetermined Role
Peter Pocock
Undetermined Role
Lesley Scoble
Undetermined Role
Teri Scoble
Undetermined Role
Lindsay Scott-Patton
Undetermined Role
Dennis Waterman
Undetermined Role

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