Win Joey Boy on DVD

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:50 Written by 

Joey Boy finally comes to DVDA monochrome release from 1965, this is a feature wrongfully forgotten in the archives of British cinema. Perhaps this is due to it being consigned to Black and White at a time when the majority of films were being realised in colour could be a key to this – by the time television would have beckoned for it, the number of screenings would have been limited on a medium that, by the end of the 1960s, was thirsty for as much of its output to be in bright and brash colour.

“Joey Boy” is set during World War II, and has its focus on a group of London-based hustlers who are given the option to take a tour of duty with the Army over incarceration for being captured red-handing running a gambling den. Directed and co-written by “St Trinian’s” Frank Launder the major star is Harry H Corbett (Harold in Steptoe and Son, DS Sidney Bung in “Carry on Screaming!”), but he’s just the first of what are now a series of well-known faces populating every corner of the tale. With “Joey Boy” presented on DVD for the first time in a pristine brand-new transfer from original film elements, Cult TV has three copies to give away in our prize competition.

Surrounded by posters urging austerity and vigilance in wartime Britain, ‘Joey Boy’ Thompson is one of those who knows how to make money whatever adversity he finds himself in. With a gambling emporium in the cellar beneath his East London fish shop, he’s happy and his punters are happy, too. The Police are on to his escapades though and turn up to implement a lightning raid. The choice for Joey and his fellow reprobates is stark: they can either sign up ‘voluntarily’ for active service, or face another stint behind bars. And so, the lads find themselves heading off to Italy, determined to make the best of it, with plenty of ‘nice little earners’ being cooked up wherever they go.

In Joey’s gang are the likes of Reg Varney (On The Buses), Stanley Baxter (The Stanley Baxter Picture Show), and Lance Percival (who voiced Paul and Ringo in The Beatles animated cartoon series).

Other faces to look out for include Bill Fraser (The Army Game), Percy Herbert (Angus MacGregor in Cimarron Strip), Derek Nimmo (Oh Brother!), Norman Rossington (Curry and Chips), Louis Mansi (Herr Engelbert von Smallhausen in ‘Allo ‘Allo), Moira Lister (The Very Merry Widow) and Thorley Walters (Bill Dugdale in Strangers and Bulman).

Fans of Sherlock will be interested to see Wanda Ventham (Benedict Cumberbatch’s real life as well as fictional mother in the series) in a small role as ‘Italian Girl’. She would become best-known to Cult TV appreciators as Colonel Virginia Lake in UFO.

Special DVD features on this release include:

  • Image Gallery
  • Promotional material PDFs
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

All in all, this film is a delight from beginning to end. It’s definitely more comedy than war movie, and despite the leads being rogues, you are very much on their side and routing for them throughout. It moves along at a fair old pace, with various locations and situations to keep your interest. The only hold-back it will have for a ‘modern audience’ is its monochrome production, but for those who can see beyond that, at the very least you’ll have fun with all the ‘star-spotting’ that the casting department inadvertently provides you with.

Part of “The British Film” collection, “Joey Boy” (‘PG’) is out now from Network Distributing title It has a running time of 99 minutes approx, and a RRP of £9.99, or get it for less at    

And now, thanks to Cult TV and Network Distributing, you have the opportunity to put one of three copies available to win on to your mantelpiece, in our prize competition. All you have to do is tell us the answer to the following question: Who played the ‘Italian Girl’ in “Joey Boy”?  Fill in your details via the form below, hit send, and one of the prizes could be yours!


Competition Rules: The winners will be the first three correct entries drawn at random from those received by Noon GMT on Tuesday 18 March 2014. One entry per person only - multiple entries will be disqualified. The Editor's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Current Cult TV Production Team and employees of Network Distributing and their associated companies are not allowed to enter. No cash equivalent for the prize on offer. All entrants agree to be added to Cult TV’s postal mailing list, and will be sent details of Cult TV’s events and happenings - please note our mailing list is NOT used by anyone else. Please contact us directly if you do not wish to join the list. This competition is only open to UK postal addresses.


“Joey Boy” – Cast

Harry H Corbett – Joey Boy Thompson

Stanley Baxter – Benny ‘The Kid’ Lindowski

Bill Fraser – Sergeant Major Dobbs

Percy Herbert – Mad George Long

Lance Percival – Clarence Doubleday

Reg Varney – Rabbit Malone

Moira Lister – Lady Thameridge

Derek Nimmo – Lt Hope

Thorley Walters – Col Grant

John Arnatt – Brig Charles Chapman

Eric Pohlmann – Antonio the Italian farmer

John Phillips – Inspector Morgan

Lloyd Lamble – Sir John Averycorn

Edward Chapman – Tom Hobson

Basil Dignam – General

Toni Palmer – Anna

Vicki Woolf – Gina

Stephanie Beaumont – Girlfriend 1

Anita West – Girlfriend 2

Anna Gilchrist – Rebecca Stacey

Yvonne Ball – Rabbit’s Second girl

Cyril Chamberlain – Lt James Ridley

Maureen Crombie – Katie

John Harvey – Signals Officer

Sean Lynch – Clancy

Louis Mansi – Tony

Freddie Mills – Sergeant

Nora Nicholson – Middle-aged Lady

Norman Rossington – Royal Army Corporal

Bill Shine – Ticket Collector

Veronica Strong – Bella Thompson

Wanda Ventham – Italian Girl

Ernest Walder – Lt Walther

Sally Douglas – Girl Dancing in Club



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