Once Upon a Dream (1949 film)

Once Upon a Dream is a 1949 British comedy romance film directed by Ralph Thomas in his debut and starring Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, Guy Middleton, and Maurice Denham.[1]

Once Upon a Dream
Directed byRalph Thomas
Produced byAntony Darnborough
Sydney Box
Screenplay byPatrick Kirwan
Victor Katona
Story byVal Guest
StarringGoogie Withers
Griffith Jones
Guy Middleton
Music byArthur Wilkinson
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited byJean Barker
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • February 1949 (1949-02) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was made at the Lime Grove Studios with sets designed by the art director Cedric Dawe.


The film is a comedy and a social commentary on the period and is set just after World War II.

An officer's wife has a romantic dream about her husband's man (servant) and comes to believe it is true. Meanwhile, the husband has asked his servant to help him, after the war, to suggest ways to ignite the romance he and his wife had before the war, as well as find a way to make money in a post-war economy. Misdirection and misunderstandings ensue.

It was a J. Arthur Rank presentation, a Sydney Box production and was released through General Film Distributors Ltd.



Ralph Thomas was head of the trailer department for the Rank Film Organisation. He had made a number of trailers for producer Sydney Box, including one for the film Miranda (1948) which Box liked. "He was particularly taken with it," said Thomas. When the original director for Once Upon a Dream fell ill, Box offered Thomas the chance to direct. It was on this film that Thomas met Box's sister Betty, who would go on to make over 20 films with Thomas.[2]


By 1953 the film earned a net revenue of £79,000.[3]

Allmovie noted, "More silly than funny, Once Upon a Dream is kept alive by the enthusiastic performances of its leading players."[4]


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