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

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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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Interesting history lesson
13 February 2011 | by (Seattle, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

Although the story line is pretty typical for movies of this period, formulaic, predictable, and with bits of romance, pathos, and patriotism thrown for filler, the film is an interesting, if too short, lesson in speedway history for us motorcycle buffs. Even though I have enjoyed speedway racing on the TV (when I can get it), I had no idea it was such a huge sport so early on. Another fascinating lesson is that it was held in such fascination and revulsion, being noisy, dirty, and dangerous. I guess motorcycle riding might always carry those cachets. This movie is what it is and I can't fault it a bit, except it needed more bikes!


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