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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

 -  Comedy  -  20 October 1953 (USA)
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Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

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Cast

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

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20 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blixten från Titfield  »

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(RCA Sound System)| (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Writer T.E.B. Clarke ("Tibby") was inspired to write the Titfield Thunderbolt saga after a 1951 visit to the volunteer-operated Talyllyn Railway, which carries passengers along the Cambrian coast between Tywyn and Abergynolwyn, in Wales. "The Titfield Thunderbolt" reflects Clarke's fascination with the volunteers' preservationist spirit there. See more »

Goofs

When the water crane has been sabotaged and the passengers have brought water to the engine, Mr. Valentine can be seen coming back to the train as the Squire gets back in the guard's van. In the next shot he is seen gathering the bottles he saved *before* coming back to the train. See more »

Quotes

Valentine: [proposing a toast] Our magnificent generals, General Gordon and General Booth.
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Referenced in Oh Doctor Beeching!: Ton Up (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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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.


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