Actress Joan Dowling seen at work and play, and signing her film contract with ABPC.
Titles read: "A STAR IN THE MAKING".
Various shots show young actress Joan Dowling at home, at work and at a party.
We first see Joan clad in jumper and slacks, trimming the hedge of her family's garden. Her mum calls her in to help with the washing up. In the kitchen Joan looks down at her dog and decides to take him out for a walk instead. She marches off along the road while the dog runs off in the opposite direction.
Commentator talks of Joan's success in the play of 'No Room At The Inn'. C/U of theatre bill showing Joan's name. We see a brief excerpt from the play (or could be from the forthcoming film) featuring Joan with Mary Kimber.
We then see Joan trying on her first evening frock for her 18th birthday party. A man with glasses adjusts the dress as Joan parades about. At her party we see Joan talking to Robert Atkins, who gave her her first stage part. Film star novelist Rene Ray gives Joan a copy of her first book as a birthday present.
In an office we see Joan signing a contract with Associated British Pictures as a talent scout from the film company and another gentleman look on.
Cataloguer's note: Joan Dowling appeared in several films in the late 40s and early 50s, starting with 'Hue and Cry' in 1946 where she met her future husband Harry Fowler. She died tragically in 1954.