Salt and Pepper (film)

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Salt and Pepper
Original film poster by Jack Davis
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Michael Pertwee
Produced byMilton Ebbins
Starring Sammy Davis Jr.
Peter Lawford
Michael Bates
Cinematography Ken Higgins
Edited byJack Slade
Music by John Dankworth
Chrislaw Productions
Trace-Mark Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
21 June 1968
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1,750,000 (US/Canada rentals) [1]

Salt and Pepper is a 1968 British comedy film directed by Richard Donner and starring Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers and John Le Mesurier. It was shot at Shepperton Studios and on location in London and at Elvetham Hall in Hampshire. The film's sets were designed by the art director Don Mingaye. It was followed by a 1970 sequel One More Time directed by Jerry Lewis.



Chris Pepper (Lawford) and Charlie Salt (Davis) own a nightclub in Swinging London, operating under the suspicious eye of the intrepid Inspector Crabbe.

One night, Pepper finds an Asian girl on the floor of the club. Assuming she's drunk or high, he makes a date with her and thinks she responds. It turns out the girl is dying, and her death sets off a chain of events that puts the unlucky Salt and Pepper onto a plot to overthrow the British government, with the girl's dying words the key.



About two months before the release of the film, per the era's customary timing, a paperback novelization of the screenplay by Michael Pertwee was released by Popular Library. The book sold extremely well (used and preserved copies are plentiful on the internet) and, commensurate with the film's popularity, went through several printings. The author was Alex Austin [2] (not to be confused [3] with the later novelist of the same name), known most for three bestselling original novels: The Greatest Lover in the World (1956), [4] [5] a satirical fantasy, [6] The Blue Guitar (1960), [7] [8] [9] about an incestuous brother and sister, and The Bride (1964), [10] [11] about the breakdown of a marriage. The same year as his Salt & Pepper novelization, he would publish Eleanore (1969) by Olympia Press. [12] [13] [14] His final novel would be Looking for a Girl (1973) [15] by Dell. Unless he wrote other novelizations pseudonymously, Salt & Pepper was his only media tie-in.

(About Alex Austin) "A native New Yorker, has been a ranch hand, gold prospector and photographer, and he was once voted No. 14 jazz drummer in the country in a Metronome Magazine Poll. He has published fiction, poetry and articles in Harpers, The Saturday Review, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine." [8]

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