6.7/10
112
5 user 1 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (script) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During WW2, a British officer stationed in Asia is recruited by Army Intelligence, is tasked with learning Japanese to interrogate Japanese POWs and he falls in-love with his pretty Japanese teacher.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Yôko Tani, Ronald Lewis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Esther goes into service in Victorian England, only to be seduced by the sweet talking groom William, who then takes off with his employer's daughter. Left alone to bring up the child, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Peter Proud
Stars: Kathleen Ryan, Dirk Bogarde, Cyril Cusack
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh
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
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A ordinary young American woman learns that she has become the owner of a tiny European country. Comedy and romance ensue.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Yolande Donlan, Dirk Bogarde, A.E. Matthews
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During Cyprus' war of independence against Britain, Juno, an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, George Chakiris, Susan Strasberg
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 Serpent (1973)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A soviet diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde
Boys in Brown (1949)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde
Night Ambush (1957)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, David Oxley
Quartet (1948)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano ...
Tommy Possey
...
Lag Gibbon
...
Pat (as Renee Asherson)
...
Ma Fox
...
Pa Fox
Patric Doonan ...
Dick
...
Dotty Liz
...
Rowton
Dudley Jones ...
Taffy
...
Duggie
Anthony Oliver ...
Derek
...
Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ...
Kay Fox

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Edit

Storyline

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.

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:

(Western Electric Recording)

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 »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?