FILM : Expresso Bongo
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Expresso Bongo 1959 Laurence Harvey, Cliff Richard, Sylvia Sims, Kenneth Griffith London
Director : Val Guest   Production Company : Val Guest Productions, Britannia Films  Region : LONDON E-G

A sleazy small time talent agent discovers a teenage bongo player singing in a coffee house.

Screen shots uploaded by Phil Wilkinson.

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Expresso Bongo [DVD]

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Expresso Bongo - Images of London's Soho are featured during the titles in this film full of night time shots. Frith Street in London W1 spotted by Tonyk.
Expresso Bongo

expbo001. Images of London's Soho are featured during the titles in this film full of night time shots. Frith Street in London W1 spotted by Tonyk.

expbo001n. Not the best comparison shot of one of the best buildings on the street. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 02-10-2013)

Expresso Bongo - More long gone shop fronts are seen as the titles continue. Frith Street, London W1 identified by Tonyk.
Expresso Bongo

expbo002. More long gone shop fronts are seen as the titles continue. Frith Street, London W1 identified by Tonyk.

expbo002n. And confirmation captured by Phil Wilkinson.
(Modern Photo Added: 02-10-2013)

Expresso Bongo - Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) tries to book an act for coffee shop owner Leon (Eric Pohlmann). IMDB claims Old Compton Street as a location.
Expresso Bongo

expbo003. Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) tries to book an act for coffee shop owner Leon (Eric Pohlmann). IMDB claims Old Compton Street as a location.

Expresso Bongo - Jackson walks through the streets of London with girlfriend Maisie King (Sylvia Syms) after seeing Bert Rudge perform. Hanway Street in W1.
Expresso Bongo

expbo004. Jackson walks through the streets of London with girlfriend Maisie King (Sylvia Syms) after seeing Bert Rudge perform. Hanway Street in W1.

expbo004n. The same location now. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 28-09-2013)

Expresso Bongo - Maisie looks for her keys as the two near her flat. The location was also seen in 'Play it Cool' and has proven elusive but it's the corner of Hanway Street and Hanway Place, hidden to the north of Oxford Street.
Expresso Bongo

expbo005. Maisie looks for her keys as the two near her flat. The location was also seen in 'Play it Cool' and has proven elusive but it's the corner of Hanway Street and Hanway Place, hidden to the north of Oxford Street.

expbo005n. And here is the confirmation. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 28-09-2013)

Expresso Bongo - Children follow as Johnny Jackson looks for Bert's address. Also seen in 'Innocent Sinners' (image ins033). Cambridge Buildings In Thorndike Street in Pimlico SW1 identified by former resident Patsy Terry (née Lawless). The area has been replaced by the Lillington Gardens estate.
Expresso Bongo

expbo006. Children follow as Johnny Jackson looks for Bert's address. Also seen in 'Innocent Sinners' (image ins033). Cambridge Buildings In Thorndike Street in Pimlico SW1 identified by former resident Patsy Terry (née Lawless). The area has been replaced by the Lillington Gardens estate.

expbo006n. St James the Less still stands and been seen in the then jutting out beyond the Cambridge Buildings. SJ
(Modern Photo Added: 28-08-2014)

Expresso Bongo - On the first floor of the tenement, Jackson finds the Rudge's flat.
Expresso Bongo

expbo007. On the first floor of the tenement, Jackson finds the Rudge's flat.

expbo007n. Peter has been on the case and thinks that the location is a 'Peabody Estate', now probably demolished. The clues being the balcony design, windows and mouldings on the brick piers. Meanwhile he has sent a photo showing a similar shot of the upmarket 'Peabody Ebury Estate' on Pimlico Road, London SW1. The balcony drain holes being replaced by drains/gutters.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-10-2013)

Expresso Bongo - Jackson and Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard) walk through Soho as they discuss a contract. Hanway Street in W1.
Expresso Bongo

expbo008. Jackson and Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard) walk through Soho as they discuss a contract. Hanway Street in W1.

expbo008n. The same location now. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 02-10-2013)

Expresso Bongo - After becoming Bert's manager and re-branding the young singer as Bongo Herbert, Jackson visits record producer Mayer.
Expresso Bongo

expbo009. After becoming Bert's manager and re-branding the young singer as Bongo Herbert, Jackson visits record producer Mayer.

expbo009n. Tonyk identified this location and sent in the image adding "This one had me foxed since it was so familiar! I checked my DVD copy to take a closer look and, lo, I noticed Foyles bookshop fascia in the background. So it's Denmark Street (Tin Pan Alley), London WC2, looking towards Charing Cross Road". Replacing Google image of 2013. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 26-07-2016)

Expresso Bongo - As Bongo Herbert becomes famous, the BBC arrive at Leon's Tom Tom coffee shop to record a programme.
Expresso Bongo

expbo010. As Bongo Herbert becomes famous, the BBC arrive at Leon's Tom Tom coffee shop to record a programme.

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