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Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Once a Jolly Swagman (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 1949 (West Germany)
Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Montagu Slater (novel), William Rose (script) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano ... Tommy Possey
Bill Owen ... Lag Gibbon
Renée Asherson ... Pat (as Renee Asherson)
Thora Hird ... Ma Fox
James Hayter ... Pa Fox
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Dick
Moira Lister ... Dotty Liz
Sidney James ... Rowton
Dudley Jones Dudley Jones ... Taffy
Cyril Cusack ... Duggie
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Derek
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ... Kay Fox
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Storyline

Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniacs on Wheels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Dirk Bogarde didn't like motorbikes. New Cross stars Ron Johnson and Ron Howes acted as doubles for the action shots. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1937 LONDON See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by unidentified performer on phonograph at military personnel party and played often in the score
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Shown on TV 1957 in Los Angeles as original title. About speedway motorcycle racing.
28 October 1998 | by hi-speedSee all my reviews

A worthy movie set during WWII and focuses on a famous speedway motorcycle rider and his comeback after injuries suffered in war. Also, some romance thrown in to make the hero motivated and make everything turn out right. As I remember it quite well, I can't begin to guess where the aka title "Maniacs on Wheels" came from as it would be a ludicrous description of the movie content. Today's generation of motorsports enthusiasts would certainly be surprised at this oldie that still would capture the interest. Would be a great vehicle to re-make into today's hi-tech racing and extreme sports interest. Motorcycle racing has never been more popular and millions are spent on it every year. Come on Hollywood, lets do this one again before the Brits decide they should make another! Sir Dirk Bogarde could be replaced by our own World Champ Bruce Penhall who is no stranger to Hollywood and the world of Speedway Motorcycles.


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