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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 October 1953 (USA)
Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Valentine
George Relph George Relph ... Weech
Naunton Wayne ... Blakeworth
John Gregson ... Gordon
Godfrey Tearle ... The Bishop
Hugh Griffith ... Dan
Gabrielle Brune Gabrielle Brune ... Joan
Sidney James ... Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith ... Coggett
Edie Martin ... Emily
Michael Trubshawe ... Ruddock
Jack MacGowran ... Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
Ewan Roberts ... Alec Pearce
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... Seth
John Rudling John Rudling ... Clegg
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The residents of a small English village are about to lose their ancient railroad. They decide to rescue it by running it themselves, in competition with the local bus company. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blixten från Titfield See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first Ealing comedy to be made in color. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Mr. Valentine drive the stolen locomotive on the road the tires of the truck the faux engine is built on can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Valentine: Come on, have at him!
Gordon: You're backing the wrong team, Mr Valentine - that's your engine; cost you a packet, if she's beaten.
Valentine: Money is the curse of all modern sports, Sir.
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Connections

Referenced in Oh Doctor Beeching!: Ton Up (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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A Great Flick!
12 March 2004 | by RagtimeJEB-1See all my reviews

This was Ealing's first Colour film, and was a great achievement for the small independent film company which was struggling to keep up with the big guys. I agree that Alec Guiness should have probably played the reverend, but the film is a magical and wonderful addition to the Ealing Collection. I think that it is one of their best features in its field. There is no other comedy that captures the nostalgia and charm of a small English village. It is filled with an excellent script, a solid cast and physical commedy. Plus, "The Lion" the original 1800 locomotive which the film revolves around shows the ingenuity and the long lasting construction of British Locomotives. A must see on anyone's list!


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