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The Galloping Major (1951)

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A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular racehorse, but they accidentally buy the wrong horse. The horse is useless on the flat, so they decide to enter him as a jumper.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Radford ...
Major Arthur Hill
Jimmy Hanley ...
Bill Collins, Bus Driver
Janette Scott ...
Susan Hill, Arthur's Daughter
A.E. Matthews ...
Sir Robert Medleigh
René Ray ...
Pam Riley
Harold Temple, Process Server
Joyce Grenfell ...
Maggie the Waitress
Charles Victor ...
Sam Fisher
Sydney Tafler ...
Mr. Leon
Julien Mitchell ...
Sergeant Adair
Charles Lamb ...
Ernie Smart, Horse Owner
Charles Hawtrey ...
Lew Rimmel
Kenneth Evans ...
Alfie Bass ...
Charlie - the newsboy
Sidney James ...
Bottomley - the bookmaker


A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular racehorse, but they accidentally buy the wrong horse. The horse is useless on the flat, so they decide to enter him as a jumper.

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Release Date:

20 October 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Den galopperende major  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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enjoyable racehorse yarn - bit of an old chestnut!!
13 October 2009 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Interesting look at a bygone era of the early 50's in the London district of Lambs Green. But today we still love the GG's just like then. Some things never change. I was amazed at the way the bookies communicated with their colleagues in the stands (all line of sight). The film "dry rot" also showed them communicating odds with arm movements - fascinating, I've no idea what they were 'saying'. Seeing the old double decker buses brings back memories. They also had some real old buses that looked prewar as well. Lots of familiar British actors like Basil Radford playing the major and Joyce Grenville and Jimmy Hanley. Not a laugh out loud comedy more a comical drama post- Ealing production that apparently was based on an idea by the actor playing the Major. You can also catch sight of the 'Carry On' star Charles Hawtrey in a bit part. This film runs the gauntlet of emotions when bets of all sorts are involved. Just enjoy the ride and races.

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