Expresso Bongo

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Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert’s protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny … LAURENCE HARVEY – THAT “ROOM AT THE TOP” GUY as a fast talking agent…chasing the fast buck through jazz dens…racy night clubs and burlesque houses!

ACTORS :  Laurence Harvey, Sylvia Syms, Yolande Donlan, Cliff Richards

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1959

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Expresso Bongo Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite Bert’s protestation that he really is only interested in playing bongos, Johnny starts him on the road to stardom. The deal they cut, however, is highly exploitative of the young singer, and their relationship soon begins to go bad.

Espresso Bongo is a cult classic!

Expresso Bongo Ignore anything or anybody that denigrates Espresso Bongo. It is loaded with period detail and attitude, is singularly risqué for it’s time and sports great music and one of the best scripts about England’s Tin Pan Alley, wisecracking and inside, besides an unprecedented performance by Laurence Harvey as you’ve never seen him, a hustler who recalls Sidney Falco in the “Sweet Smell of Success”. Maier Tzelnicker is tremendous as the record company executive who calls it “rock dreck”. Yolanda Donlan, Val Guest’s wife, plays a “Sweet Bird of Youth” like aging diva Alexandra Del Lago who seduces Cliff Richard, whom many called the Pat Boone of England. See the opening strip number when the girls perform a burlesque version of the “Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”. It sets the tone for an overlooked gem. A “B” Movie Classic. Enjoy.

Laurence Harvey’s performance

 
Harvey’s performance is akin to Cary Grant in His girl Friday which I term “Cary Grant unleashed” Like Grant, Harvey takes his character and far from overacting rather sets the screen on fire. As for the movie itself,it lags when Harvey is not on the screen and it needs another actress in the Dixie roll who can somehow match Harvey. Dixie drags down the last third of the film. For the legions who deem Harvey’s career as a series of zombie-like performances, Bongo turns that opinion on it’s ear. Cliff Richard does a good job in his first screen roll.

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