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Six-Five Special (1958)

A young singer on a train bound for London finds herself among a group of famous musicians and performers.

Director:

Alfred Shaughnessy

Writer:

Norman Hudis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ... Himself
Dickie Valentine Dickie Valentine ... Himself
Jim Dale ... Himself
Petula Clark ... Herself
Russ Hamilton Russ Hamilton ... Himself
Joan Regan ... Herself
The King Brothers The King Brothers ... Themselves (as The King Bros.)
Jackie Dennis Jackie Dennis ... Himself
John Dankworth John Dankworth ... Himself (as Johnny Dankworth)
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Herself
Don Lang Don Lang ... Himself
The John Barry Seven The John Barry Seven ... Themselves
The Ken-Tones The Ken-Tones ... Themselves
Desmond Lane Desmond Lane ... Himself
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ... Himself (as Mike & Bernie Winters)
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Storyline

At the suggestion of her girlfriend, a young singer decides to try and make her name in London. Catching the overnight '6.5 Special' bound for the BBC television show, the two find the train full of 1950's British pop stars only too ready to burst into song. As the presenters of the show are also on board, our heroine is assured of a spot on the following Saturday's 'Six Five Special'. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling All Cats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Diane Todd and Josephine Douglas, Pete Murray and Freddie Mills -described as The Six-Five Special Team- all receive "introducing" credits. See more »

Quotes

Finlay Currie: Nerves; a good actor lives with them, a bad actor lives on them
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Connections

Spun-off from Six-Five Special (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Midgets
Written by Joseph D. Newman
Performed by Desmond Lane
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A period pop piece
25 February 2015 | by VertovcatSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating film for historians of pop -- so many classic acts; this is pop in its nascent form before the cult of celebrity had truly taken hold. So many great performances: Pet Clarke; the Kings Singers; Lonnie Donegon. Kitsch and quaint with the unsettling underbelly of period racism -- why are Victor Soverall and Jimmy Lloyd in the kitchen the whole time while the 'whiter'performers get to travel in the train as passengers.

So many great stars travelling south to London -- the format of the early musical as a show case for performers, this film is also an interesting representation of early television in the UK.

If you are into trains you will also like this! -- the main part of the narrative shows a train journey to London -- the centre of all culture in the 50s, 60s and, of course, now.


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