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The Special London Bridge Special is a 1972 musical variety special. It was made to celebrate the acquisition of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was filmed in Lake Havasu following the opening of the London Bridge.[3][4][5] It was produced, directed and choreographed by David Winters and it starred Tom Jones, and Jennifer O'Neill. Other guests included The Carpenters, Kirk Douglas, Jonathan Winters, Hermione Gingold, Lorne Greene, Chief Dan George, Charlton Heston, George Kirby, Michael Landon, Terry-Thomas, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elliott Gould, Merle Park, and Rudolf Nureyev.[6][7][8]

The Special London Bridge Special
Created byDavid Winters[1]
Written byRonnie Cass, Marty Farrell, Donald Ross, Marc B. Ray
Directed byDavid Winters
StarringTom Jones, Jennifer O'Neill, Kirk Douglas, Engelbert Humperdinck[2]
Theme music composerMarvin Hamlisch
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)David Winters
Running time40 min
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMay 7, 1972


Tom Jones catches a bus in London and is magically transported to Lake Havasu and the newly opened London Bridge. There he meets Jennifer O'Neill and a romance ensues which punctuated by musical and choreography interludes.[5]


  1. ^ Ellis, Lucy; Sutherland, Bryony (2000). Tom Jones: close up. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0711975491.
  2. ^ "PORTATIV INTERNAȚIONAL: Engelbert Humperdinck". Agerpress (in Romanian). 23 May 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ ASIN B01IUG60RM, Everything You Know About London is Wrong (2016-07-21)
  4. ^ "The Special London Bridge Special". The Great Wen. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2017. This sensational slice of ham and song was made in 1972 to celebrate the purchase of London Bridge by an American theme park. It features a bizarre cast that includes Tom Jones, Rudolf Nureyev, The Carpenters, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston and Terry-Thomas and is basically the film the Olympic opening ceremony could have been.
  5. ^ a b "THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE SPECIAL LONDON BRIDGE SPECIAL". Film Threat. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  6. ^ Ellis, Lucy; Sutherland, Bryony (2000). Tom Jones: close up. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0711975491.
  7. ^ "Introducing London Bridge Special". The Anniston Star. 93: 48. 1972-05-07 – via Newspaper.
  8. ^ "Indian chief in Disney tribe". The Herald-News. 103: 39 – via Newspapers.