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Director  Christopher Miles
Music director  Norrie Paramor
Writer  Lewis Greifer
Language  English
4.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Musical, Comedy
Running time  1h 29m
Screenplay  Lewis Greifer
Country  UK
Up Jumped a Swagman movie poster
Release date  1965
Initial release  December 21, 1965 (London)
Cast  Frank Ifield (Dave Kelly), Annette Andre (Patsy), Ronald Radd (Harry King), Suzy Kendall (Melissa Smythe-Fury), Richard Wattis (Lever, Music Publisher), Donal Donnelly (Bockeye)
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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. DVD Release 2014 Network British Film. Songs include "Waltzing Matilda" and "I Remember You."


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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
  • Production

    The film was made when Frank Ifield was at the height of his popularity with an attempt 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 says the script was to be written by the people who did Cliff Richard's musicals. Miles:

    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 says the leading lady fell pregnant before shooting started so 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 Pauls 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:

  • "Once A Jolly Swagman"
  • "Look Don't Touch"
  • "I Remember You"
  • "I've Got A Hole In My Pocket"
  • "I'll Never Feel This Way Again"
  • "Cry Wolf"
  • "Wild Rover"
  • "Make It Soon"
  • "Botany Bay"
  • "Lovin' On My Mind"
  • "I Guess"
  • "Waltzing Matilda"
  • Reception

    A script for a follow up Ifield movie was prepared but never made.


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