Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like jazz? Have you seen Basil Dearden's 1962 film All Night Long? If not, you are in for a unique and memorable treat in this riff on Othello.
Marti Stevens, Richard Attenborough, Paul Harris
We are invited to Rod Hamilton's place, one of his places, for a late night party and jam session. Richard Attenborough plays Hamilton, a rich man who indulges his love for music in an out of the way loft to avoid complaining neighbours. His hosting duties this evening are extra special. It is a celebration of the first anniversary of bandleader Aurelius Rex and his ex-vocalist wife Delia Lane. Paul Harris plays Rex and Marti Stevens plays Delia. Marti sings two songs in the film, All Night Long and I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You.
Patrick McGoohan, Paul Harris
Delia gave up her career as proof of her devotion to her husband, but music is a part of her and she can't help working up a new style "for fun." Friends are wondering if she'll stick to this odd bargain. One friend hopes she won't. Drummer Johnny Cousin played by Patrick McGoohan wants his own outfit and has been going after Rod Hamilton for the financial backing and agent Lou Berger played by Bernard Braden by telling them both that Delia will be part of his group. All he has to do is get her away from Rex.
Maria Velasco, Betsy Blair
Cass Michaels played by Keith Michell is Rex's manager and a close friend to the couple. Johnny does more than hint to Rex that Delia and Cass are cheating on him. In reality, Cass is stuck on Benny played by Maria Velasco and things are starting to get serious with the couple.
Johnny will do anything and manipulate anyone to achieve his ambition. Only his downtrodden wife Emily played by Betsy Blair realizes to what depths her husband will sink. There is no foible or weakness he will fail to exploit no matter the consequences.
Keith Michell, Marti Stevens
Note the personnel on the soundtrack album above. In between the serious drama of the party, there is some serious music. It is the sort of thing you expect when the host arrives to find Charlie Mingus has already made himself at home.
All Night Long was written under the pseudonym Peter Achilles by blacklisted screenwriter Paul Jarrico. In the 1930s Jarrico wrote crime and comedy pictures for Columbia studios and was Oscar-nominated for the original screenplay of Tom, Dick and Harry, 1941. Following a WW2 stint with the Merchant Marines, he worked for Howard Hughes at RKO. Jarrico's earlier involvement with America's Communist Party came under scrutiny by HUAC in the 1950s. Along with fellow blacklistee Herbert Biberman they independently made Salt of the Earth in 1954. The story of poor workers organizing themselves was placed on the National Film Registry in 1992.
Director Basil Dearden made some of the most interesting and progressive films of his era. Check out Violent Playground, 1958 tackling delinquency with a great showcase for David McCallum. Sapphire in 1959, shows racial prejudice complicating a murder investigation. Victim in 1961 deals with the blackmail of prominent gay professionals starring Dirk Bogarde as a barrister. On the lighter side, check out Benny Hill in Who Done It?, 1956 and the all-star caper The League of Gentlemen, 1960.
According to IMDb trivia, at the completion of filming Patrick McGoohan kept the drum kit.