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A Taste of Honey (1961) Poster

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Shot exclusively on location, in Salford, Blackpool and a disused house in the Fulham Road in London that cost £20 a week to rent.
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Audrey Hepburn was first choice for the lead in A Taste of Honey (1961).
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On its initial release, the film was supplemented by a study guide on the "causes and cures" of homosexuality. The guide was subsequently reprinted in Life magazine.
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Shelagh Delaney was only 18 when she wrote her ground-breaking play.
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Despite winning Best Actor (Murray Melvin) and Best Actress (Rita Tushingham) prizes at Cannes, Dora Bryan and Tushingham went unrecognized and were barred from the film's celebration party until film critic Alexander Walker spotted them outside and was able to get them in.
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Rita Tushingham was selected from more than 2000 applicants.
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According to Morrissey, Shelagh Delaney's play was the inspiration for The Smiths's song, "This Night Has Opened My Eyes". The song incorporates the following dialog from the play (also used in the film): Geoffrey: The dream is gone. Jo: But the baby's real.
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Rita Tushingham was working backstage at the Liverpool Rep when she spotted an ad for the auditions for this film.
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Hazel Blears, who later became a member of the UK parliament and a minister in Tony Blair's government, appears in the film as a 5-year-old urchin along with her brother. She can be seen wearing a tartan skirt and playing with a ball during the films opening credits.
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Morrissey is a huge fan of this film and many lyrics from The Smiths's songs are inspired by this film. Listen to 'This night has opened my eyes' and 'Reel around the fountain'.
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The poem that the teacher recites is "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.
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The film was quite controversial for its portrayal of a relationship between a white girl and a black man, Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah.
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Despite glowing reviews and recognition from the Cannes Film Festival, BAFTA, Golden Globes, Directors' Guild, Writers' Guild, and the National Board of Review, the film was completely ignored by the Academy Awards.
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When the Manchester Shipper and Manchester Pioneer were chosen to star in Shelagh Delaney's novel "A Taste of Honey", it was not known that part of the plot involved a drunken seaman taking his girlfriend on board, and also involving a drunken first officer! When the premiere took place, the company had to take space in the programme to point out that Manchester Liners neither approved nor allowed such conduct.
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Some of the scenes were filmed in the City of Manchester. The scene by the canal is in Ancoats. In the opening credits Bradford Pit can be seen and there are numerous shots of Bradford Gas Works (the main love scene was filmed there) The number 77 bus was a cross city bus along with the number 57, starting at Pendlebury or Swinton and travelling through Salford and Manchester to Thornley Park (Denton Border) or The Bull's Head at Reddish (Stockport Border). Both services were run jointly by Salford City and Manchester City buses until the mid sixties.
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Film debuts for Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah.
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The scene where Dora Bryan and Rita Tushingham climb out of the basement window was filmed on Lark Hill Road in Edgeley, Stockport. They then ran across the road and appeared at the top of Lark Hill which is actually some two hundred yards away further along the same road. Where Rita and Melvin were talking under a railway arch, before they ran down to catch the bus to the countryside, was shot under Stockport's viaduct in the Daw Bank area on the town. The old terraced houses and the fire station tower in the background have all been demolished.
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The hit song "A Taste of Honey" written by Ric Marlow and Bobby Scott has nothing to do with the film whatsoever. It was simply cashing in on the success of the film.
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Joan Plowright won the 1961 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "A Taste of Honey."
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Jimmy says to Jo: "Dreamt about you last night - fell out of bed twice". Morrissey of The Smiths would later use these words on their first album on the track 'Reel around the fountain'.
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When Shelagh Delaney's original play was staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East (London) in 1958, it featured Frances Cuka (Jo), Clifton Jones (Jimmie), Avis Bunnage (Helen), Murray Melvin (Geoffrey) and Nigel Davenport (peter), with direction by Joan Littlewood.
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Murray Melvin (Geoffrey) is the only actor to reprise his role from the original stage production for this film adaptation.
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The movie "A Taste of Honey" is based on the original Broadway stage play written by Shelagh Delaney which opened on October 4, 1960 at the Lyceum Theatre. Shelagh Delaney collaborated with Tony Richardson to write the screenplay for the movie version.
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The origin of the children's rhyme heard in this film, "The Big Ship Sails", is sometimes linked to the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 (the Canal being the 'alley'). The canal features in this film. However, there is no definite proof of the link.
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Jimmy's ship is the S.S. Manchester Shipper, owned by Manchester Liners, Ltd. She was built in 1943, and after WWII she was the first civilian merchant ship fitted with radar. She sailed mainly between Manchester and ports in eastern Canada. She was scrapped at Trieste, Italy in 1969.
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The parade Jo and Geoffrey watch is called the Whit Week Walk, which dates back to 1821.
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According to the book Revolution In The Head by Ian MacDonald, the title of Paul McCartney,s song Your Mother Should Know was taken from a line in this movie.
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Dora Bryan, who plays the mother, was known for her comedy roles in films dating back to 1947. She won the BAFTA for best actress.
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Rita Tushingham receives an 'introducing' credit.
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The play of the same title upon which this film is based opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St. on October 4, 1960 and then moved to the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St. on January 20, 1961, running for 376 performances until September 9, 1961. A revival in 1981 ran for 157 performances.
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Peter's car is a 1957 Vauxhall Victor F Series 1 "Super".
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Director Tony Richardson saw a group of children playing in the street and wanted to use them in the background of a scene. He arranged this with their parents. On the day of filming, the children all turned up in their Sunday best clothes, so he had tell them to go home and get changed into their authentic "playing out" clothes.
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The song "A Taste of Honey" written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey. It doesn't appear in the film.
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