|Directed by||Ken Hughes|
|Written by||John Antrobus |
|Based on||novel by Rex Rienits|
|Produced by||Albert R. Broccoli |
|Cinematography||Ted Moore |
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Music by||Kenneth V. Jones|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures (UK) |
Columbia Pictures (US)
Jazz Boat is a 1960 British musical comedy film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries and big band leader Ted Heath and his orchestra.
Many of the cast and the same director then made In the Nick (1960).
Electrician Bert Harris (Anthony Newley) boasts that he's a successful cat burglar, which leads to him getting mixed up with real thieves who need those special skills for a big jewellery heist. However, Bert was only giving them a "song and dance" about being a cat burglar, but now discovers it's too late to back out.
It was based on a novel by Rex Rienits. Rienits later admitted he disliked writing novels but was in a career slump so decided to write a novel to sell to the movies.
Filming started 15 June, 1959. A scene involving more than 200 extras was shot at Chiselhurst Caves, Kent; on that night the payroll was stolen meaning they could not be paid.
Variety called it "an odd assoilment of romance, jazz, musical comedy and youthful crimeas What comes out is largely chaos although some of it is infectiously amusing. Mostly it s vague, disjointed and purposeless. Director Ken Hughes may have been making some sort of an attempt at parodv of American crime pix."
The MFB called it "a lively, muddle headed British musical." TV Guide wrote, "While imitating American gangster films, this simple picture also provides a look at the British "Teddy Boy" subcultureassome amusing situations, though none is particularly memorable"; while Leonard Maltin called it an "Energetic caper."
Filmink said it "starts out as a crime drama then weirdly turns into a musical (complete with dance numbers) then back into a crime drama again/"