|The Tommy Steele Story|
|Directed by||Gerard Bryant|
|Written by||Norman Hudis|
|Produced by||Herbert Smith|
|Edited by||Ann Chegwidden|
|Distributed by||Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)|
Tommy Steele lives with his mother and father in their London home. He works with a bellboy until he injures his spine doing judo. In hospital he is given a guitar to help with his therapy and he starts to play to entertain patients and staff. He works on an ocean liner, performing in his spare time, and gets a job playing in a coffee bar. He is popular with audiences and gets a recording contract.
Steele was approached to make the film by Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy. He later wrote in his memoirs, "They were quite different from that other British film mogul, J. Arthur Rank. Where Rank was C. Aubrey Smith, Cohen and Levy were Abbott and Costello. They didn't so much as hold a meeting as do an act." He added "there was a degree of madness about them – but you had to be mad to take the chances they took – with a little eccentricity for good measure."
Steele agreed to do the film. He met with Mike Pratt and Lionel Bart and they spent a month writing the songs. Two weeks later the film was shot.
He was paid £3,000 for the lead role.
Steele says director Gerald Bryant "was more like a poet than a showman."
The Tommy Steele Story was one of the few British films screened in Russia.
Steele helped to write every song on the soundtrack except one.
The soundtrack was released in May 1957. The following songs appear:
- A1 Take Me Back, Baby
- A2 Butterfingers
- A3 I Like
- A4 A Handful Of Songs
- A5 You Gotta Go
- A6 Water, Water
- A7 Cannibal Pot
- B1 Will It Be You
- B2 Two Eyes
- B3 Build Up
- B4 Time To Kill
- B5 Elevator Rock
- B6 Doomsday Rock
- B7 Teenage Party
- Andrew Caine Interpreting Rock Movies: The Pop Film and Its Critics in Britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004p.117
- ""THE TOMMY STEELE STORY"". The Australian Women's Weekly. 27 November 1957. p. 42. Retrieved 6 May 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2014 p 59
- "The Story of Tommy Steele". The Christian Science Monitor. 10 October 1957. p. 7.
- "BFI Screenonline: Tommy Steele Story, The (1957)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- Steele p 270
- Steele p 271
- Steele p 271
- David Shipman The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, London: Angus & Robertson, 1972 p.494
- Steele p 271
- LINDSAY ANDERSON, and DAVID DENT (8 January 1958). "Time For New Ideas". The Times. London. p. 9 – via The Times Digital Archive.
- "Most Popular Film of the Year". The Times (54022). London. 12 December 1957. p. 3.
- Gale, John (9 August 1959). "The Tommy Steele (in Moscow) Story". The Observer. London. p. 1.
- "DISC DIGEST". The Australian Women's Weekly. 19 February 1958. p. 34. Retrieved 6 May 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Steele, Tommy (2007). Bermondsey boy : memories of a forgotten world. Michael Joseph.