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Anthony Newley



British entertainer Anthony Newley began as a child star, passing for 10 or 11 even as the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist (1948), when in fact he was already of driving and shaving age. As a young leading man, Newley learned the ins and outs of self-promotion, chiefly the ability to convince the populace that he could do anything well. In 1959, he became a pop recording star thanks to his singing appearance in Idle on Parade, but this was only the beginning. Stop the World, I Want to Get Off was cowritten by Newley and Leslie Bricusse, but to the world at large Anthony Newley, who also starred in the play, was the whole show. This 1961 London-to-Broadway musical was a superbly written piece and a success. Newley followed up this production with another stage collaboration with Bricusse, 1965's The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, this time sharing the spotlight (but not without a struggle) with veteran Cyril Ritchard. Few people can remember the plotlines of either of Newley's musical plays, but such song standards as "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Look at That Face" and "Where Would You Be?" have become audition standards. Newley's overwhelming stage presence didn't translate that well to films, with Dr. Doolittle being the most obvious example of this (it is said that Newley and co-star Samantha Eggar kidded around on the set so much that Rex "Dr. Doolittle" Harrison had to resoundingly insist upon professional decorum). Since Doolittle, Newley has been content to merely write songs for other people's movies, occasionally stepping before the camera in such pictures as Mr. Quilp (1975) and It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1976). And in 1969, Anthony Newley directed his then-wife Joan Collins in Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness, a woebegone attempt at "hip" which gained fame only through the embarrassed co-starring stints from Milton Berle and George Jessel, and the fact that many American newspapers refused (probably at the request of studio publicity flacks) to mention the film's slightly licentious title in their movie listings.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Killers of Kilimanjaro
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Strange World Of Gurney Slade
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha
  • Sal Manelli
1992
No Score Yet Coins in the Fountain
  • Alfred
1990
No Score Yet Polly
  • Dabney Mayhew
1989
0% The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
  • Captain Manzini
1987
No Score Yet Stagecoach
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Outrage!
  • Victor Coles
1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Hatter
1985
No Score Yet Blade in Hong Kong
  • Tommy T
1985
No Score Yet Animal Talk
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  • Sweeney
1975
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop)
  • Daniel Quilp
1975
No Score Yet Summertree
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Heironymus Merkin
1969
No Score Yet Sweet November
  • Charlie Blake
1968
32% Doctor Dolittle
  • Matthew Mugg
1967
No Score Yet The Small World of Sammy Lee
  • Sammy Lee
1963
No Score Yet Idol on Parade (Idle on Parade)
  • Jeep Jackson
1959
No Score Yet The Man Inside
  • Ernesto
1958
No Score Yet Fire Down Below
  • Miguel
1957
No Score Yet The Good Companions
  • Mulbrau
1957
No Score Yet How to Murder a Rich Uncle
  • Edward
1957
80% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee)
  • Ralph
1956
No Score Yet X: The Unknown
  • Pvt. Spider Webb
1956
No Score Yet Cockleshell Heroes
  • Marine Clarke
1955
No Score Yet Above Us the Waves
  • Engineer, X2
1955
100% Oliver Twist
  • Artful Dodger
1951
100% Madeleine
  • Chemist's Assistant
1950
No Score Yet Highly Dangerous
  • Operator
1950
No Score Yet A Boy, a Girl and a Bike
  • Charlie Ritchie
1949
No Score Yet The Guinea Pig
  • Miles Minor
1948
No Score Yet Vice Versa
  • Dick Bultitude
1947
No Score Yet Dusty Bates
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Family Hour Special - Animal Talk
  • Actor
No Score Yet Emmett Kelly Jr., Circus
  • Actor

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