MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,650 this week

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

 -  Comedy  -  20 October 1953 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,441 users  
Reviews: 40 user | 16 critic

Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 05 Apr 2011
 
a list of 3752 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 132 titles
created 20 May 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
 
a list of 167 titles
created 13 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Titfield Thunderbolt.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Genevieve (1953)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull
High and Dry (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
Another Shore (1948)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young Irishman comes up with an unusual plan to get the money to emigrate to Tahiti.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Robert Beatty, Moira Lister, Stanley Holloway
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Rex Allerton is a top Hollywood star and an idol of the female population. To get away from the pressure of the fans who won't leave him alone, he relocates to a remote Italian village ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: David Niven, Peggy Cummins, Anne Vernon
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young lad working in a bank in Valencia 'borrows' a million pesetas so he can help his dad pay to get his taxi fixed. Instead he finds himself being chased all over town not only by the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Virgilio Teixeira, Maurice Reyna, Marianne Benet
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A T.V. set given as a retiremant present is sold on to different households causing misery each time.

Director: Anthony Pelissier
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Valentine
George Relph ...
Weech
Naunton Wayne ...
Blakeworth
John Gregson ...
Gordon
Godfrey Tearle ...
The Bishop
...
Dan
Gabrielle Brune ...
Joan
Sidney James ...
Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith ...
Coggett
Edie Martin ...
Emily
Michael Trubshawe ...
Ruddock
...
Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
Ewan Roberts ...
Alec Pearce
Herbert C. Walton ...
Seth
John Rudling ...
Clegg
Edit

Storyline

The residents of a small English village are about to lose their ancient railroad. They decide to rescue it by running it themselves, in competition with the local bus company. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Full steam ahead for this comedy classic! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blixten från Titfield  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)| (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A wooden replica of "Lion" was made for the scene where "Thunderbolt" is removed from the museum. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Mr Valentine steal the locomotive standing on the turntable to run it away down the streets, the tracks covered over with grass are visible. See more »

Quotes

Valentine: [proposing a toast] Our magnificent generals, General Gordon and General Booth.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable Sid James (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Take your seats!
5 November 2003 | by (Noisy le sec, France) – See all my reviews

If you are, like myself, a fervent anglophile and a terminal railway enthusiast, 'Titfield Thunderbolt' is the film you've spent your whole life seeking for in vain. That charming tale of a village's fight to keep its railway line active celebrates British countryside, trains and traditional values in a quite irresistible way, enhanced by a great cast and a superb technicolor. Despite being not among best-ranked Ealing comedies, 'Titfield Thunderbolt' still is a great feel-good movie, one you're glad to see on rainy or spleen days.


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What is the film in the bar andrewberry73
No emphasis on Yoof! SueBee55
Simon Winchester Book 'The Map That Changed the World' gkizer
Paradise Express (1937) mheckman-1
Discuss The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?