Sparrows Can't Sing

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Pity Joan Littlewood left no filmed record of her major Theatre Workshop productions, which shook semi-moribund classics such as Arden of Faversham and Edward II into dazzling life, and bore witness to the most excitingly inventive imagination in the British theatre of the '50s. This one was distinctly minor, a Cockney chortle about a merchant seaman (Booth) who comes back to his native Stepney to find his wife (Windsor) living with another man. Much bouncy good humour, but no real pace or incisiveness, as he tangles with perky local characters in trying to persuade her to come back, while the real locations simply point up the sitcom phoniness.

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Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joan Littlewood
Screenwriter: Stephen Lewis, Joan Littlewood
Cast: James Booth
Barbara Windsor
Roy Kinnear
Avis Bunnage
Brian Murphy
George Sewell
Barbara Ferris
Murray Melvin
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