The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

Genres - Crime  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Based on a BBC television program, this underworld drama set in London's Soho district created a different sort of role for star Anthony Newley, normally a performer associated with light musical comedy. Newley is the titular character, the master of ceremonies at a sleazy strip club owned by Gerry (Robert Stephens). Sammy owes a substantial amount of money to a bookie, Fred (Kennth J. Warren), and has only five hours to pay off the debt, but he strikes out with his deli-owner brother Lou (Warren Mitchell). Desperately trying to raise the money before Fred's goons rough him up, Sammy is forced to help a naïve young girl, Patsy (Julia Foster), who shows up to the club ready to strip -- based on Sammy's outrageous claims and promises at an earlier meeting.

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bookie, brother, career, con/scam, criminal, dance [art], debt, delicatessen, fast-talking, fear, fundraiser, gambling, gangster, ghetto, loot, morals, mugging, naivete, nightclub, owner, problems, promise, scheme, stripper, time, television