Sparrows Can't Sing (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)




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In this British melodrama, a merchant marine returns to his home after spending two-years at sea and discovers that his wife has vanished. His mother knows where the woman is, but refuses to tell him because she knows he will explode into violence if he finds out that his wife is living with a bus driver. His mother's silence really frustrates the sailor who then kidnaps his own brother and holds him hostage at a local pub. He will only free the lad if his wife shows up. His errant wife finally agrees to meet her former husband in a park. She brings her new child with her in a pram. Upon learning of her new living arrangement, the sailor wonders who the real father of the child is. Still he and his wife reconcile and move into his wife's home. Unfortunately, the little family is celebrating when the bus driver suddenly appears and tries to claim the woman as his own. Fisticuffs ensue until the defeated driver leaves. The couple then begins working hard to reestablish their relationship. Happiness ensues.


James Booth
as Charlie Gooding
Barbara Windsor
as Maggie Gooding
Roy Kinnear
as Fred Gooding
Avis Bunnage
as Bridgie Gooding
Barbara Ferris
as Nellie Gooding
Wally Patch
as Watchman
Bob Grant
as Perce
Stephen Lewis
as Caretaker
Yootha Joyce
as Paddy the Barman
Harry H. Corbett
as Greengrocer
Glynn Edwards
as Charlie's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Sparrows Can't Sing

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

It all bounces along at a fair old pace, but the sum of its parts adds up to no more than the sum of its parts... But at least it does surest.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

A baby-voiced, buxom, battling Barbara Windsor stars in all her glory in this warm-yer-cockles Cockney drama that borders on panto at times.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Booth is a striking personality, a punchy blend of toughness, potential evil and irresistible charm.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Even for people weary of Britain's kitchen-sink school of realism on the screen, this impudent Cockney comedy can be recommended as lively entertainment.

October 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The pace is jaunty, nothing is underlined or lingered over, the touch is light. [Director Joan Littlewood] has thrown a dozen Dickensian oddballs into the pot, stirred vigorously, and served up the mixture piping hot.

July 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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