It's All Happening. Billy Bowles (Tommy Steele).

It's All Happening

1963 British comedy film about the music business. Stars Tommy Steele, Michael Medwin, Angela Douglas, Jean Harvey, Walter Hudd and others.

It's All Happening. Image shows from L to R: Billy Bowles (Tommy Steele), Geoff Munday (Robert Dean).

It's All Happening

Comic musical about a music executive who puts on a benefit show to save an orphanage from closure

Tommy Steele, Michael Medwin, Angela Douglas, Jean Harvey, Walter Hudd, Bernard Bresslaw, John Tate, Janet Henfrey and others
Leigh Vance
Don Sharp
Norman Williams

Regularly thwarted at work by his boss and sometime friend, Max, Billy Bowles is an assistant record producer with a talent for spotting the next big stars - for which Max takes all the credit, naturally.

Julie, Billy's secretary and girlfriend, ably assists at any point she can, but there remain tensions between them: her father is rich, and Billy is an orphan, not believing for a moment that he'd be allowed to marry her.

However, he's still a devoted supporter of the Ladywick Orphanage where he was raised, and visits the children there every week without fail, bringing toys, songs and laugher. Having kept his background a secret, even from Julie, Billy's various worlds slowly begin to collide. The company is under pressure to sign new artists; Julie's father has hired a private detective to investigate the man who is wooing his daughter; and - worst of all - he discovers Ladywick is in severe financial trouble and at the risk of permanent closure.

In a characteristic moment of inspiration, the solution becomes obvious: he'll rally his friends and contacts in the industry to put on a gala benefit show to raise the funds to secure the orphanage's future. Happily, the stars - including Shane Fenton and The Fentones and Marion Ryan - are pleased to agree to take part, but as the night of the performance draws ever nearer, a small but crucial mishap threatens to ruin everything.

Production Details

UK certificate
101 minutes
Release date
March 1963

British Lion Films

Magna Film Distributors

Production company
Music by Philip Green and lyrics by Norman Newell.
Laugh track

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