MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,577 this week

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

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  1949 (West Germany)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 84 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...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 122 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 1166 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 690 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 161 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Maniacs on Wheels (1949) on IMDb 7/10

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 »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Quartet (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Annakin, Arthur Crabtree, and 2 more credits »
Stars: W. Somerset Maugham, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne
They Who Dare (1954)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 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 | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Steel
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During Cyprus'war of independence against the occupying British forces an American archeology student visiting the island is caught between the two warring sides.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, George Chakiris, Susan Strasberg
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: John Mills, Derek Bond, Diana Churchill
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest and a local bandit clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, Mylène Demongeot
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

Directors: Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple
Stars: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel
Boys in Brown (1949)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde
The Hideout (1948)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A husband and wife stop to help two men in a car crash only to find they are criminals on the run.

Director: Fergus McDonell
Stars: Valerie Hobson, James Donald, Howard Keel
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.

Add Full Plot | 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

Dirk Bogarde didn't like motorbikes. New Cross stars Ron Johnson and Ron Howes acted as doubles for the action shots. 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
Discuss Maniacs on Wheels (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?