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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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Trivia

The title of the film refers to the first line of the classic song, "Waltzing Matilda". See more »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
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Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

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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Not many swagmen to be seen
25 May 2001 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde appears in this film as a young, working class lad who achieves fame and fortune (and a nasty little moustache) as a speedway bike rider during the 1940's. Of course, his career is interrupted by the war.

It is a little laboured at times, but you have to admire the cameramen who created the footage of the races with such limited technology.

I spent a lot of the film trying to work out where the swagman theme was supposed to come from - aside from using Waltzing Matilda as the theme. Later on I realised his faithful wife Pat, and her brother, were supposed to be Australian. The brother later retired to Australia to go 'sheep farming'.

Strewth!


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