Bill and I finished watching the 1963 adaptation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones last night, which stars a very young and supposedly rather handsome Albert Finney. I now want to watch the later BBC series of it and of course I should go back and read the book. The film was short on dialogue and long on slap-sticky interludes that reminded me of Benny Hill. The music was very upbeat and actually reminded me a bit of the music in "Oliver!" --I should check the composer.
While researching what else the actor who played Blifil has been in (many things as it turns out!) Bill came across a short Wikipedia article about a BBC play "Madhouse on Castle Street" that aired in January 1963 and that included a young and not yet famous Bob Dylan playing some of his songs.
Here's what wiki says about the plot:
The play is set in an English boarding house. One of the lodgers locks himself in his room, leaving a note stating that he has decided to retire from the world until the world has changed. Other lodgers and his sister try to coax him out and establish what the problem is. The action is punctuated by songs performed by Bob Dylan.
Too bad the only known copy was wiped in 1968!! I still wonder if a copy might not turn up...
Here's a link to a BBC article about Dylan and the play.