A Thousand Clowns, a 1965 film based on a play by Herb Gardner is one of the best ukulele films out there. Murray Burns is an out of work comic writer who doesn’t want to be stiffed by “the man” or conform to society. As a token of his rebel spirit he plays a ukulele. However, he also has a nephew which a pesky social worker wants to take away from Murray if he doesn’t get a job. The movie has a number of ukulele moments, but That’s My Baby, is a great one.
The Daily Star is reporting that Johnny Depp hopes to play George Formby in an adaptation of Formby’s life and the actor has taken up the banjolele and also talking like a northerner in preparation. Hopefully this isn’t just idle gossip. Whether it’s any good, we’ll have to just wait and see. If you’re looking for a film to watch featuring the uke, I can recommend the 1965 film, A Thousand Clowns. It’s about a uke playing iconoclast who faces losing custody of his nephew unless he conforms to society.