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PLEASE settle an argument with some mates. They say that Cher sang the theme song from the film Alfie, but I've always thought it was Cilla Black. - V. Clarke, Glasgow.

The Burt Bacharach and Hal David song wasn't included in the 1966 movie when it was first released in the UK. When Cilla recorded it (Parlophone R 5427), it reached No.9 and was nominated for an Oscar, losing out to Matt Monro's rendition of Born Free. Cher sang it when the film went out in the US (Liberty LBL 83034).

CAN you tell me anything about the Sixties star Tessie O'Shea? - Senga Currie, Greenock.

Billed as Two Ton Tessie after her signature tune, the Cardiff-born comedienne (1914- 95) was a great music-hall success. With her ukelele banjo, she exuded great fun and was always larger than life. She once made her entrance at the London Palladium on the back of an elephant which, objecting to her weight, threw her off and she was laid up for weeks. She toured in revue with Billy Cotton in Tess and Bill. After moving to America she went into musicals (winning a Tony), films and TV. Her last movie was Bedknobs And Broomsticks in 1971.

MY pal says there were supposed to be more than seven dwarfs in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Is he pulling my leg (yet again)? - John Taylor, Edinburgh.

No - the enormous team of 750 animators working on the 1937 classic originally dreamed up 11 of the vertically-challenged chappies. In addition to Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy and Doc, there were Deafy, Dirty, Awful and Biggo Ego.

PLEASE settle a pub argument and tell us what was the first Beatles' No.1 hit. - J. C., Larkhall.

From Me To You (Parlophone R 5015) was seven weeks in the No.1 slot from May 2, 1963.

DO you have any info on my all-time favourite singer, Dick Haymes? - K. Taylor, Paisley.

He was born Richard Benjamin in Buenos Aires on September 13, 1916 and died from cancer in Los Angeles on March 28, 1980. His Irish mother was a concert singer which encouraged him to join the Johnny Johnson band as a vocalist at the age of 16. From 1933- 8 he worked in Hollywood as a songwriter and film extra. He gained fame with the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey bands. He made several movies including State Fair ('45) and One Touch Of Venus ('48). His career declined in the '50s amid personal problems including bankruptcy, seven wives (one of whom was Rita Hayworth) and deportation. In the '60s he worked in Europe and later revived his career in the US with TV and club work.

I ALWAYS enjoy watching a film when flying off on holiday. When was the first in- flight movie shown? - Rachel Cameron, Dingwall.

The Lost World (1925, based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) was shown on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris in April 1925. Starring Wallace Beery and Lewis Stone, it told the day of prehistoric creatures found live in the rainforests.

WHAT was the name of the film which told the story of Cynthia Payne? - Frances Nicholls, Dundee.

The 1987 movie Personal Services starred Julie Walters as the Streatham brothel-keeper who hit the headlines big time when her house was raided by the police in the early '80s and many high- ranking officials were among her clients. Her early life in Worthing was depicted in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here with Emily Lloyd. Payne acted as a `consultant' on the Personal Services set.

CAN you tell me what was No.1 on March 29, 1963 (my birthday)? - Isobel Watt, Elderslie.

It was the second day of a one-week run for the Shadows with Foot Tapper (Columbia DB 4984). It was their fifth and final UK No.1.

ROBERT BELL, of Glasgow, has an intriguing challenge this week. He asks: "Which famous TV star had a cameo role in the Hollywood classic Gone With The Wind before becoming a household name?" You're a winner when I print your verified answer, Robert.

A cheque for pounds 50 is on its way to Gibby Gladstone, of Tranent. He tells me that the star who was born blind, but had his sight restored during a childhood coughing fit was George Formby. The lucky lad went on to become Britain's second- biggest box-office draw after Gracie Fields. Thanks, Gibby.

If you'd like me to answer your showbiz query or challenge me for the weekly pounds 50 prize by posing a question to which you have the answer (and can prove it) but I don't, write to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.

CROSSWORD WINNER The winner of last week's pounds 500 Crossword is Ms Linda Garden, of Buckie, Banffshire.
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