Up Jumped a Swagman
Up Jumped a Swagman is a 1965 British musical comedy film directed by Christopher Miles and starring Frank Ifield, Annette Andre, Ronald Radd and Suzy Kendall. It includes the songs "Waltzing Matilda" and "I Remember You".
|Up Jumped a Swagman|
British quad poster
|Directed by||Christopher Miles|
|Produced by||Andrew Mitchell|
|Written by||Lewis Greifer|
|Music by||Norrie Paramor|
|Edited by||Jack Slade|
Elstree (Ivy Films)
|Distributed by||Warner-Pathe Distributors (UK)|
|21 December 1965 (London) (UK)|
An aspiring Australian singer moves to London in the hope of a big breakthrough. He chases after a popular model, not noticing the beautiful daughter of a pub owner who loves him. He also gets involved with a gang of thieves.
- Frank Ifield – Dave Kelly
- Annette Andre – Patsy
- Ronald Radd – Harry King
- Suzy Kendall – Melissa Smythe-Fury
- Richard Wattis – Lever, Music Publisher
- Donal Donnelly – Bockeye
- Bryan Mosley – Jo-Jo
- Martin Miller – Herman
- Harvey Spencer – Luigi
- Carl Jaffe – Analyst
- Cyril Shaps – Phil Myers
- Frank Cox – Wilkinson
- Fred Cox – Docherty
- Joan Geary – Mrs. Hawkes Fenhoulet
- William Mervyn – Mr. Hawkes Fenhoulet
- Gerald Harper - Publicity Man
- Gillian Bowden - Dancer
The film was made when Frank Ifield was at the height of his popularity, and attempts to reproduce the success of Cliff Richard's musicals. Ifield's agent, Leslie Grade, suggested another one of his clients, Christopher Miles, as director. Miles was only 25 and had never made a feature film before. He said the script was to be written by the people who wrote Richard's musicals:
Unfortunately the two writers of the Cliff pictures were not then on speaking terms, so the two halves of a rather soggy script arrived separately in the post, and not surprisingly made no sense at all. So Leslie, not one to be beaten, got an old writer friend from ITV, Lewis Greifer, saying "He's the man, I know you'll get on well" which we did. However, thinking up a credible vehicle for Frank, amiable and charming as he was, proved to me that ultimately you cannot make a celluloid purse out of a sow's ear, even though Frank was gamely willing to send himself up. It was going to have to be a small budget, and to save money I was asked to use a new film saving invention – the dreaded 'Techniscope' process. By only using two sprocket holes for each frame (instead of the standard four) a narrow negative was created, which had a sort of wide-screen look. However, in 1965 colour film stock was still rather grainy, which showed when the final picture was blown up for the large cinema screen.
Miles also said the leading lady fell pregnant before shooting started; he replaced her with Suzy Kendall (making her film debut).
The film was shot at MGM's London studios at Boreham Wood, with exteriors at Gravesend Docks, St. Paul's Cathedral, Hyde Park, the Albert Memorial and Elstree town.
Miles later reflected:
It was a baptism of fire but it taught me a lot about making a feature. It taught me that you cannot make a celluloid purse out of a sow's ear. You must get the script right first... Bunuel made musicals at one time and he probably destroyed the negatives by now. Like me, he needed the money.
Songs featured include:
- "Up Jumped a Swagman (1965)". BFI.
- Brian Gibson (30 June 1965). "Annette's in top gear". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. p. 7. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Up Jumped A Swagman". TVGuide.com.
- "Image caption-No title". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 4 October 1965. p. 13. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Up Jumped a Swagman Directors Notes at Chris Miles website accessed 8 September 2013
- "Reel Streets".
- "A roomful of dreams: In Paris, Theo Richmond interviews director Chisopher Miles" The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 03 Nov 1970: 10.
- Nan Musgrove (13 October 1965). "Frank is home with his bride". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. p. 7. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Network ON AIR > Up Jumped a Swagman".
- Up Jumped a Swagman on IMDb
- Up Jumped the Swagman at Christopher Miles' website
- Behind-the-scenes look at making the film at British Pathe