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Director  Gerard Bryant
Country  United Kingdom
5.2/10 IMDb

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Language  English
The Tommy Steele Story movie poster
Release date  1957 (1957)

The Tommy Steele Story is a 1957 British film starring Tommy Steele, dramatising Steele's own rise to fame.

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It was released in the US as Rock Around the World, since it was felt no one in America knew who Tommy Steele was.

Along with Rock You Sinners it was one of the first British rock and roll movies.

Plot

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.

Cast

  • Tommy Steele as himself
  • Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group
  • Nancy Whiskey
  • Humphrey Lyttelton & his Band
  • Tommy Eytle's Calypso Band
  • Chris O'Brien's Caribbeans ('The Caribbean' Club Band)
  • The Steelmen
  • Hilda Fenemore as Mrs Steele
  • Charles Lamb as Mr Steele
  • Production

    Steele had a hand in writing every song on the soundtrack except one. He was paid £3,000 for the lead role.

    Reception

    The film was the 13th most popular movie at the British box office in 1957. Steele was voted the seventh most popular star in Britain for that year.

    The film was one of the few British movies screened in Russia.

    Soundtrack

    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
  • References

    The Tommy Steele Story Wikipedia
    The Tommy Steele Story IMDb The Tommy Steele Story themoviedb.org


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