Monday, November 13, 2006

Number 4 -Oliver!

I must say once I had finished compiling my list of top 10 musicals it took me rather by surprise that Oliver! only came in at number 4. Many a drunken night has been spent by me singing Oom-Pah-Pah and I'd do anything. Here is a lovely musical though with good funtime songs and great sets. Mark Lester played the part of Oliver and never really did much after that and Jack Wyld got the part of the Artful Dodger but he then went on to drink excessively and sadly died earlier this year. This musical does bring back old memories, like Bugsy Malone, of family Christmases but this has toe tapping melodies that one can hum all day. It also won 6 Academy Awards.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oliver! was certainly the highlight of Mark Lester's film career, but after Oliver! he continued to act in starring roles for almost a decade, completing no fewer than 14 more films (he'd done 10 before Oliver!), and working on an additional two that were never finished. Among his better-known later appearances were Walt Disney's The Boy Who Stole the Elephant; Run Wild, Run Free; S.W.A.L.K., aka Melody (with Jack Wild); Black Beauty; Night Hair Child, aka What the Peeper Saw (with Britt Ekland); a horror adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel" called Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, aka The Gingerbread House (with Shelley Winters), Redneck (with Telly Sevalas), a strange western adaptation of "Treasure Island" called Scalawag (with Kirk Douglas), and The Prince and the Pauper, aka Crossed Swords (with Oliver Reed).

By the way, the picture you're using is not from the film version of Lionel Bart's musical -- it may be from the recent Roman Polanski non-musical remake (I'm not sure).

1:18 PM  
Blogger Lord Lucan said...

Ladies and Gentlesmen...Our bore of the week.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous pookie said...


that was rather rude of you dude.

Anonymous was trying to fill you in on a few facts.

And, s/he is right that you have the wrong picture.

Be gracious M'Lud

4:15 PM  

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