Release dateNovember 1948 (1948-11) WriterRobert S. Baker, Monty Berman, Dicky Leeman, Carl Nystrom (scenario)
A Date with a Dream is a 1948 British musical comedy film directed by Dicky Leeman and starring Terry-Thomas, Jeannie Carson and Wally Patch. Its plot concerns a wartime group of musical entertainers who meet up a year after being demobbed and decide to reform their act. This was one of Terry-Thomas's first films and is reputedly partly based on his own experiences. Terry-Thomas has not yet developed his cad persona and a young Norman Wisdom appears in a very brief, non-speaking cameo role.
When an Army concert party is disbanded after the war, they plan to meet up in a years time for a reunion. When they do they discover that all the various members aren't coping too well with civilian life. Jean, a singer who is staying in the same house as two of the ex-concert party members, suggests that the various members get back together to perform.
Terry-Thomas – Terry
Jeannie Carson – Jean
Len Lowe – Len
Bill Lowe – Bill
Wally Patch – Uncle
Vic Lewis – Vic
Ida Patlanski – Bedelia
Joey Porter – Max Imshy
Alf Dean – Joe
Julia Lang – Madam Docherty
Harry Green – Syd Marlish
Norman Wisdom – Shadow Boxer
Sydney Bromley – Stranger in Max's office
Sky Movies wrote, "a sparkling performance from the young Terry-Thomas and a bright, sassy attitude saves this dated, rather choppy little filler item from the scrapheap of movie history. Worth a look for nostalgia buffs and curio collectors."
A Date With A Dream was the first production of Tempean Films, a production company founded by Monty Berman and Robert S. Baker following their service in World War II. Of the film, Baker later commented, "It didn't make us a penny, but it gave us a good introduction to the film business." Tempean would go on to produce many British B-movies throughout the 1950's and into the early 1960s