Dreaming (1944 British film)

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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Original British quad poster by Clifford Rowe
Directed byJohn Baxter
Screenplay byBud Flanagan
Reginald Purdell
Produced byBaynham Honri
John Baxter
CinematographyStanley Pavey
Edited byInman Hunter
Music byKennedy Russell
John Baxter Productions
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • 28 November 1944 (1944-11-28) (London, UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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.


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 castEdit

  • Bud Flanagan as Bud
  • Chesney Allen as Ches
  • Hazel Court as Miss Grey / Wren / Avalah
  • Dick Francis as Sir Charles Paddock
  • Philip Wade as Dr. Goebbels
  • Gerry Wilmot as American General
  • Peter Bernard as American Soldier
  • Ian McLean as British General
  • Roy Russell as Trainer
  • Robert Adams as Translator

Critical receptionEdit

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


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

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