Laurence Harvey sings?


I seem to remember reading somewhere that Laurence Harvey sang a song in this movie but the new dvd release by Prism Liesure doesn't have a song from Laurence at all! Anyone have any info?

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Yes, he has several songs which have been unbeleivably excised form every dvd and vhs version I've seen. I have an old vhs recording of the movie from the early eighties which has all the songs. they realy add to the movie, but as you can imagine a 25 year old vhs tape shows a lot of wear.

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Hi rayshaw44,
Thanks for confirming what I'd read. Your answer, of course, begs the questions - how many songs, and what were their titles?
I wonder if his songs were cut out of the dvd's etc for contractual reasons?

Has anyone got a dvd release of "Expresso Bongo" intact with Laurence's songs?......if so, what company issued it (because I'd like to buy a copy!)
Cheers, Ray.

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off the top of my head, the songs are "nausea" and "I've never had it so good". there is one other I believe but I don't recall the title.

I don't know if it was contractural but they were the only scenes, as far as I know, that were cut.

I've looked on amazon for a complete version and both myself and another amazoner have left reviews that warn buyers about the excised songs.

At this point, I'll provably end up trying to transfer the songs from my old vhs onto a dvd and then try to edit it into the current dvd version of the film.

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The only song Harvey performed was called ‘I never had it so good.” In the original stage show the character had more numbers but since Harvey could not sing anyway, the rest were rightly left out – and this one remaining song was staged in an offhand, ineffectual way.

‘Nausea’ was brilliantly performed by Meier Tzelniker with Harvey as his audience - I am pretty certain that he does not have a line in the song.

Incidentally, the IMDB trivia information that Susan Hampshire was the only member of the original stage cast to appear in the film is almost certainly wrong - I am sure Tzelniker was in the stage production.

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Actually Nausea was a duet with Meier definitely having the most lyrics. Wasn't there another song Harvey sings in Meier's office?

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Hello rayshaw44.
I'm also on the quest for completion.
Have you got round to the editing between VHS and DVD yet?
If you haven't, could you put the missing bits on a dvd on their own and I could have a go myself, then send you a completed version?
I'd be very grateful and I've never seen the missing songs before.
People who cut bits out want -------!

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I'll give it a try when I have some time. The quality of the vhs is fair. I recorded onto a beta in about 1980 then dupped it onto a vhs about 1985. I transfered the vhs to dvd last year.

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Just see whether you can find a copy of the original cast recording of the stage version That may give you an idea how much was cut from the film. It wasn't just cut;it was butchered
srd-8

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In the original stage show the character had more numbers but since Harvey could not sing anyway


Forgive me, but Harvey could most certainly sing. He'd been training for years to play Lancelot in the musical Camelot, learning to sing as a baritone when he actually had a basso type of voice. He eventually played King Arthur in 1966. The production was a triumph, just like his performance. It's available on LP today.

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There is an instrumental by the Shadows (They were the Drifters back then.) called Bongo Blues, which is supposed to be in the film. That's not in any of the versions I've seen. Pity. It's more sophisticated than any of the other music in the film. Fortunately, you can find it easily enough on YouTube. Just enter: shadows bongo blues.

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