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Monday, November 09, 2020

Annie Ross - Movie star

Fans of the late Annie Ross  might be interested to know that she was in a 1972 British horror film entitled  Straight On Till Morning. Pretty much a B movie by all accounts. She plays a slightly older (she was 42 at the time) boozy girlfriend of this evil young lad protagonist who ends up killing his dog and another girlfriend (not Annie, happily). The largely jazz infused score was written by Roland Shaw and included a theme song co-written (lyrics) by Annie which she also sings throughout the film. Other British jazz greats, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Wheeler are heard soloing as well. For these reasons alone, make the film worth a look.

I saw it recently on a UK channel called Talking Pictures ( which shows many films like this. Not sure how accessible this film would be outside of the UK but defo worth  googling. It is also available on Blu-ray.

Frank Griffiths

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Frank. Talking Pictures repeat just about everything so it will come round again I'm sure.

One film I'm constantly looking out for is Face the Music a.k.a The Velvet Glove. Alex Nicol plays an American trumpet player in London for a gig at the London Palladium who gets involved in a murder.

It's not a great film but Nicol's trumpet playing is ghosted by Kenny Baker - need I say more?

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