The Breaking of Bumbo

The Breaking of Bumbo is a 1970 British comedy film written and directed by Andrew Sinclair, a former Coldstream Guards National service officer that was updated from his 1959 novel of the same name that featured the Suez Crisis. It starred Richard Warwick, Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Child and Edward Fox.[1]

The Breaking of Bumbo
Original movie poster
Directed byAndrew Sinclair
Produced byL. Jeffrey Selznick
Written byAndrew Sinclair (novel and screenplay)
StarringRichard Warwick
Joanna Lumley
Music byBrian Gascoigne
CinematographyIan Wilson
EMI Films
Timon Films
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom


Newly commissioned Guards Ensign 'Bumbo' Bailey learns the facts of life from his new girl friend in Swinging London as well as from his platoon and commanding officer.



The novel was published in 1959.[2]

In January 1970 Andrew Sinclai and Jeffrey Selznick announced they had formed a company, Timon Films, to make a film of Breaking of Bumbo in association with Associated British.[3]

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo were going to direct but dropped out after a fall out with the producers.[4]

Jacquemine Charrott Lodwidge was the film's fashion co-ordinator.

After a couple of preview screenings,the film's release was delayed then cancelled altogether. It was never distributed in Britain, but the producers recouped a little of their costs by selling the TV rights.[5]


  2. NEW NOVELS Davenport, John. The Observer 8 Feb 1959: 21.
  3. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Foreman Will Film 'Ernie' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 27 Jan 1970: d9.
  4. Winstanley: AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN BROWNLOW Glaessner, Verina. Film Quarterly (ARCHIVE); Berkeley Vol. 30, Iss. 2, (Winter 1976/1977): 18-23.
  5. In the Picture Sight and Sound; London Vol. 40, Iss. 3, (Summer 1971): 132.
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