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In this witty music-business satire, Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) is a talent agent down on his luck who thinks his tide may have turned when he spots a teenage rock & roll fan wailing away in a coffeehouse. Dubbing him "Bongo Herbert" (Cliff Richard, in a role the now knighted and born-again pop icon would probably prefer to forget), Johnny puts Herbert on the fast track to teenage stardom, using his record company and radio connections to make Herbert's first single a smash hit. Johnny then decides that a little image modification might make Herbert a bigger draw, so his follow-up is a treacly, inspirational tune, "The Shrine on the Second Floor," which hardly gibes with Herbert's newfound fondness for strippers and love-starved American actresses. But just when Johnny thinks he has a meal ticket for life, it's discovered that Herbert is really a minor, making his contract with Johnny null and void. Cliff Richard was at the height of his first wave of popularity as "The British Elvis" when Expresso Bongo was released, leading to a great deal of speculation about how closely it mirrored his own career (the answer probably is: not very much). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Laurence Harvey
as Johnny Jackson
Sylvia Syms
as Maisie King
Meier Tzelniker
as Mayer
Ambrosine Phillpotts
as Lady Rosemary
Eric Pohlmann
as Leon
Gilbert Harding
as Himself
Hermione Baddeley
as Penelope
Reginald Beckwith
as Rev. Tobias Craven
Wilfred Lawson
as Mr. Rudge
Martin Miller
as Kakky
Avis Bunnage
as Mrs. Rudge
Barry Lowe
as Beast Burns
Kenneth Griffith
as Charlie
Susan Hampshire
as Cynthia
Susan Burnet
as Edna Rudge
Esma Cannon
Katherine Keeton


Val Guest
Val Guest
Julian More
Play Author
Julian More
Composer (Music Score)
Norrie Paramor
Julian More
Monty Norman
Composer (Music Score)
Monty Norman
Val Guest
Val Guest
Composer (Music Score)
David Henneker
Bunny Lewis
David Heneker
Composer (Music Score)
Paddy Roberts
Bill Lenny
Tony Masters
Art Director
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
Kenneth MacMillan