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

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  1949 (West Germany)
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A simple factory worker becomes a successful motorcycle racer and becomes the darling of the high class society world.

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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
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Duggie Lewis
Anthony Oliver ...
Derek Blake
Pauline Jameson ...
Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ...
Kay Fox
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A simple factory worker becomes a successful motorcycle racer and becomes the darling of the high class society world.

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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.


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