MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,688 this week

Maniacs on Wheels (1949)
"Once a Jolly Swagman" (original title)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 97 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

A simple factory worker becomes a successful motorcycle racer and becomes the darling of the high class society world.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (script), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 1318 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 28 Jul 2013
 
a list of 79 titles
created 22 Jan 2014
 
a list of 161 titles
created 30 Jan 2014
 
a list of 1588 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Maniacs on Wheels (1949) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Maniacs on Wheels.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Last Holiday (1950)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort.

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher
Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson
The Blue Lamp (1950)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley
They Who Dare (1954)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott, Kay Callard
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Yôko Tani, Ronald Lewis
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »

Director: St. John Legh Clowes
Stars: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers
Blackmailed (1951)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mrs. Christopher, a kindly volunteer worker at a large hospital, does a favor for a patient by delivering a sum of money to Mr. Sine. When she discovers he is a blackmailer, she threatens ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton
Paper Orchid (1949)
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A murder mystery set in the newspaper industry.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Hugh Williams, Hy Hazell, Sidney James
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Mai Zetterling, Philip Friend
Night Beat (1947)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

After the war is over, two army pals take opposite paths in civvy street. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman.

Director: Harold Huth
Stars: Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, Ronald Howard
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

A simple factory worker becomes a successful motorcycle racer and becomes the darling of the high class society world.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1949 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Maniacs on Wheels  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worth seeing even if you don't care about motorcycle racing.
25 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I have no interest in motorcycle racing, I am a big fan of Dirk Bogarde and his very natural way of acting. So, despite this being the sort of thing that I'd normally not see, I gave it a look.

Bill Fox (Bogarde) wants to be a professional motorcycle racer back in pre-war Britain. However, at the same time, it is very dangerous and the folks in charge don't do a lot to take care of the drivers if they become seriously injured. Neither of these things bother Bill at first--he just wants to win. However, after he gets married, this causes a huge problem in his marriage--one that corresponds with the beginning of WWII. What's to happen with Bill? Now he's a soldier and his wife has left him?

This film seems to give Bogarde less of a chance to really act than his later films since his character has a rather restricted emotional range. But it's worth seeing--with an interesting plot, some decent race footage and some interesting character development through the course of the film. Not great but quite good.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Waltzing Matilda??? jglapin
This is a comedy? simonrosenbaum
On Netflix now gerardripley
Discuss Maniacs on Wheels (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?