Dreaming (1944 British film)

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Dreaming
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Original British quad poster by Clifford Rowe
Directed by John Baxter
Screenplay byBud Flanagan
Reginald Purdell
Produced byBaynham Honri
John Baxter
Starring
Cinematography Stanley Pavey
Edited by Inman Hunter
Music by Kennedy Russell
Production
company
John Baxter Productions
Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • 28 November 1944 (1944-11-28)(London, UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Dreaming is a 1944 British comedy film directed by John Baxter and starring Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen and Hazel Court. [1] Its plot concerns a soldier who is knocked unconscious during a train journey and has a series of bizarre dreams.

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In 1944, Decca Records released a recording of Flanagan and Allen singing Dreaming, the title song from the film. [2]

The film's sets were designed by Duncan Sutherland.

Plot

When British soldier Bud (Bud Flanagan) is hit on the head, the concussion causes a series of dreams whilst on the hospital operating table. In these he is fleeing hostile tribes in Africa, is a jockey winning a race at Ascot, turns up in Nazi Germany and is opening a wartime services canteen.

Main cast

Critical reception

Allmovie wrote, "There's not much in the way of plot, but Flanagan & Allen seldom needed plots, merely premises." [3]

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References

  1. Dreaming at British Film Institute
  2. "DREAMING".
  3. "Dreaming (1944) - John Baxter - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.