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Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Once a Jolly Swagman (original title)
A factory worker 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. Produced by Ian Dalrymple. Written by Jack Lee.

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Cast

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Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano ...
Tommy Possey
Bill Owen ...
Lag Gibbon
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Pat (as Renee Asherson)
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Ma Fox
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Pa Fox
Patric Doonan ...
Dick
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Dotty Liz
Sidney James ...
Rowton
Dudley Jones ...
Taffy
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Duggie
Anthony Oliver ...
Derek
Pauline Jameson ...
Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ...
Kay Fox
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A factory worker 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. Produced by Ian Dalrymple. Written by Jack Lee.

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1949 (West Germany)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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The film focuses on the sport of speedway racing which was hugely popular at the time of making. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
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Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
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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 (Eugene, Oregon USA) – See 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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