Saturday Night Out
I recently bought this 'Best Of British' DVD and thought that this was one of their better offerings. Made in 1963, it featured Bernard Lee, Nigel Green, John Bonney, David Lodge, Colin Campbell, Inigo Jones who return to London after being at sea. Derek Bond also has a role as a slippery conman.The film has a vague similarity to 'Pool Of London' in that the crewmen's exploits are followed over the weekend and shows the scrapes they get into and the women they become involved with. The women in the film include Erika Remberg, Heather Sears, Patricia Hayes, Caroline Mortimer, Margaret Nolan and the ever beautiful Francesca Annis. The Searchers also have a cameo playing theirselves and it's claimed on the IMDB that the Beatles were approached to appear instead of them, but the film company wouldn't pay their train fare down to London. Hardly likely I think because they must have been household names by then and surely one would pay their fare back as well!!
After watching the film (or any film like this) I always check on the IMDB in regard to what has happened to actors who have appeared in these films. Sad to read that Heather Sears died in 1994, Nigel Green in 1972 and one name I failed to mention Freddie Mills, who died in mysterious circumstances in 1965 at the age of 46.
Martine Beswick of Bond fame is credited, but I failed to spot her even though I've watched the film twice.
I particularly liked the performances of Colin Campbell (Family At War) and Francesca Annis and found the whole film well worth watching. In the excellent notes that accompany the DVD it notes that it is 'the beginning of the permissive society' and one can't help reflect on how different a film made in 1963 differed from a film made in 1949 or 1950. Fast forward another 10 years to the 70's and censorship has been really loosened from the days when one foot had to be kept on the bedroom floor.