With Bugsy Malone, Tomorrow.. Could be very messy

With Bugsy Malone, Tomorrow.. Could be very messy

With Bugsy Malone, Tomorrow.. Could be very messy

At Aurora Pro Clean we have experience of taking on some very big cleaning jobs, but few commercial premises get as messy as those in the classic film Bugsy Malone.

Starring a cast entirely made up of children, it follows the life of the eponymous character and his life as a wheeler-dealing boxing promoter amid the Chicago gangster scene of 1929, when prohibition and a visit to the speakeasy was many a person's crafty night out.

Amid the dancing girls and the 1920s outfits, however, violence is always likely to break out, and when it does, an almighty mess results. This is, after all, the film that brought us the splurge gun.

This movie is not one long shoot-em-up, though. It focuses to a large extent on the adventures of the female lead Blousey, who is auditioning to join the girls singing and dancing on stage, and who forms a relationship with Bugsy.

She's not the only one looking for a dancing job, as the caretaker in the bar sings of his own dreams as he mops and brushes the floor. Here, in the song 'Tomorrow', we have a young man speaking of his dream, where fame and fortune await.


Of course, there are more glamorous jobs than being a cleaner and showbiz is supposed to be one of them. And in Bugsy Malone there can be no doubt that there is an extra incentive not to be tasked with cleaning places up.

After all, "tomorrow" turns out to be the biggest splurge gun fight in history, as three cars filled with rival gangsters - led by Dandy Dan - turn up at Fat Sam's Grand Slam speakeasy. Little did they know that Fat Sam is ready for them with his own men also armed with splurge guns and custard pies, which Bugsy has acquired for him. Within moments the entire place is a white gooey mess.

Things are bad enough at this point, but there was no telling where it might have ended had not the pianist hit his keyboard and suddenly brought silence. Thus stated the final song of the film, containing the infamous words: "We could have been anything that we wanted to be," as the rival gangster factions decide to make peace.

It might be suggested that being the person who has to clean up this mess is not something anyone wants to be at this stage. But the splurge certainly hasn't spared anyone. The cleaner had taken cover in a cupboard under the stairs, but he peeps out only to get one in the face. Yet Fat Sam's girlfriend Tallulah (played by a young Jodie Foster) is equally exasperated with the scene as the goo drips off her. "So this is showbusiness?" she asks.

At Aurora, we may have some staff that have their own ambitions of going into showbiz, but for now they are utterly dedicated to making a great job of everything they do.

After all, as Bugsy and his sweetheart sing before exiting stage left and eloping, "you're gonna be remembered for the things that you say and do". And anyone who can clean up as big as mess as Fat Sam's speakeasy will certainly be remembered.