Expresso Bongo

Directed by Val Guest

Release: 1959
Runtime: 111
Country: U.K.
Language: English
Director: Val Guest
Writer: Wolf Mankowitz
Art Director: Philip Shipway
Cinematographer: John Wilcox

Cohen Film Collection introduces this Fifties British rock and roll classic, a fast-paced
story about a cheap, opportunistic Soho talent agent (Laurence Harvey) who always looks
for the quick buck. He’s glib and he’s flashy, a bluffer with a ready talent for the quick
double-cross. When he picks up amateur singer and bongo player (Cliff Richard) in a
Soho espresso bar, he uses a little bit of luck and tons of chutzpah to transform the kid
into a highly-regarded international singing sensation.
This 2K restoration from the original negative was done in collaboration with the British
Film Institute and its Unlocking Film Heritage program. This is the full and original 1959
theatrical version, which includes a number of songs that were cut out of the later and
more commonly available 1962 version that was released at the time to capitalize on the
popularity of Cliff Richard.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: B&W