Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's time for Kiddie Gangsters!


Here's the second "Gangland" related post to share with you after my little stint in Chicago. This time around it's the soundtrack from that classic cult film, "Bugsy Malone". Bugsy Malone is a 1976 musical film, very loosely based on events in Chicago's Prohibition era, specifically, the exploits of gangsters like Al Capone. Interestingly enough, Al Capone's biggest rival (and actual target of the infamous Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Who, I might add, got away from that) was a guy named "Bugs" Moran. Even though the film is called "Bugsy", it tends to lean towards the Capone story instead of Moran. The plot concerns the manufacture of a brand of custard, which is used first in cream-topped pies (being hit with one in the face "kills" the character) then later in "splurge guns" that enable the dessert to be deployed on an unprecedented level. The musical centers on Fat Sam's Grand Slam speakeasy.The tongue-in-cheek movie stars children as the gangsters and their molls, toning down the subject matter sufficiently to receive a "G" rating. Written and directed by Alan Parker produced by Alan Marshall with executive producer David Puttnam, the film stars Scott Baio as the title character, with Jodie Foster in the role of Fat Sam's moll Tallulah. The music and lyrics are by singer-songwriter Paul Williams. All the songs on the soundtrack were actually performed by adults, including Williams himself, in his unmistakable high-pitched voice, and lip-synched by the cast. Here for you now is that famous soundtrack. Enjoy!

Bugsy Malone OST

2 comments:

KingDaevid said...

...actually, there was one child singer on the album -- Bonnie Langford, who sings "Ordinary Fool" (although her character in the movie is different from the one who sings the song in the movie, the latter of which IIRC was played by Florrie Dugger)...

KingDaevid said...

...oh, and Al Capone's Valentine's Day target wasn't called Bugs malone but Bugs MORAN. Moran survived the Massacre but his gang was so weakened that his stature diminished to the point of resorting to bank robbery in Ohio after the Second World War...

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