The Small World Of Sammy Lee


Directed By

Ken Hughes


Petty crook and chancer Sammy Lee (Anthony Newley: Oliver Twist, Doctor Dolittle) has five hours to try to raise the cash to pay off a gangster bookie and so avoid a heavy beating. A gripping race against the clock through the seedy streets of Soho ensues with Anthony Newley giving a restless and vital performance as Sammy: compère for a backstreet strip joint and inveterate gambler and horse player. He is followed in his grimly hilarious schemes to raise the money by the loyal, loving Patsy (Julia Foster: Dad’s Army, Alfie). Recently arrived from the North, she naively takes Sammy’s flash offer of a job seriously.

An evocative portrait of the darker side of 1960s Soho nightlife, The Small World of Sammy Lee is shot in vivid black and white by acclaimed cinematographer Wolf Suschitzky (Get Carter, Ulysses) and directed by Ken Hughes (Alfie Darling, The Trials of Oscar Wilde) from his BBC play. Also starring Wilfred Brambell, Derek Nimmo and Warren Mitchell.

A lost gem of 1960s British cinema, The Small World of Sammy Lee is a deliciously witty London- noir boasting a top cast, classic London locations, and a timeless soundtrack.

Starring Anthony Newley, Wilfrid Brambell, Julia Foster
Other Credits

Cinematography by Wolf Suschitzky

Release Date
14 November 2016
  • New Interview with Julia Foster
  • New Interview with Mike Hodges
  • New Locations featurette with Richard Dacre
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).


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