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It's All Happening (film)

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It's All Happening
"It's All Happening" (film).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed byDon Sharp
Written byLeigh Vance
Produced byNorman Williams
StarringTommy Steele
Michael Medwin
Angela Douglas
CinematographyKen Hodges
Edited byJohn Jympson
Music byPhilip Green
John Barry
K.N.P. Productions
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation
Release date
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It's All Happening is a 1963 British musical film directed by Don Sharp and starring Tommy Steele, Michael Medwin and Angela Douglas.[2]

It is sometimes known under the alternative title The Dream Maker.


A talent scout for a record company is frustrated by his lack of progress with his career. When the orphanage where he was brought up is threatened with closing, he decides to organize a concert featuring all the most up-to-date singers and bands.

Selected cast


Produced for $430,000, the film was shot and ready for release in cinemas in only six weeks. [3] Director Don Sharp had made a similar musical The Golden Disc.[4]

Don Sharp was directing television when approached to work on the film. He says he was brought on to the film by Philip Green, who had worked with Sharp on Ha Penny Breeze. According to Sharp, Green was music director for EMI and suggested they record tracks for their recording artists, which formed the basis of the film. Sharp says the film featured most of EMI's key artists at the time.[5]

Filming took place at Shepperton Studios in January 1963. Angela Douglas, who has a leading role, recalled in her memoirs that Steele "was terrific, making me feel good, putting me at ease" and that "they were a marvelous crew, fun and relaxed."[6]


Critical reception

Variety said "The warmly exuberant personality of Tommy Steele, plus some polished, slick performances by guest top pop United Kingdom artists, solidly jacks up a lazy, old-fashioned and flabby screenplay by Leigh Vance."[1]

  • TV Guide observed, "a number of England's pop singers and groups of the 1960s are on display in this variety show held together by a slim story line."[3]
  • The New York Times noted, "young Mr. Steele, all teeth and yellow hair, gives his all to the role."[7]
  • The Radio Times called the film "sentimental hokum...The songs sound as though they were knocked out on a slow afternoon on Denmark Street, London's very own Tin Pan Alley."[8]
  • AllMovie called it an "engaging children's musical."[9]


  1. ^ a b Review of It's All Happening at Variety
  2. ^ "It's all Happening (1963) | BFI". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Dream Maker Review". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ Vagg, Stephen (27 July 2019). "Unsung Aussie Filmmakers: Don Sharp – A Top 25". Filmink.
  5. ^ Sharp, Don (2 November 1993). "Don Sharp Side 4" (Interview). Interviewed by Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson. London: History Project. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  6. ^ Douglas, Angela (1985). Swings and roundabouts : an autobiography. Magna. p. 214.
  7. ^ Eugene Archer. (23 April 1964). "Movie Review - It's All Happening - The Dream Maker'". Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ "It's All Happening | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  9. ^ Tommy Steele. "It's All Happening (1963) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 24 July 2014.

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