Pure imagination: Anthony Newley’s screen work

As well as being an unusually gifted singer and songwriter (his vocal style influenced the young David Bowie, and his lyrics graced the theme for ‘Goldfinger’, and the songs in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’), Anthony Newley (1931-1999) was also an actor from childhood, gracing both big and small screen with interesting performances.

On the stage he could definitely be described as ‘larger than life’, perhaps a hangover from the days when he had to compete with his arch-diva wife of eight years, Joan Collins. His later years might have veered towards the cabaret and lounge lizard variety, but in those early days he was well worth watching, and even in later years there were occasional flashes of what might have been.

  1. The Strange World of Gurney Slade
  2. Sweet November
  3. Idol on Parade
  4. Oliver Twist  As the Artful Dodger.
  5. Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?  For sheer, and literal, cheek!
  6. Mr. Quilp
  7. Jazz Boat
  8. Doctor Dolittle
  9. The Small World of Sammy Lee
  10. The Guinea Pig

…plus 5 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

Vía Letterboxd – loureviews

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