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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

The name Titfield created by T.E.B. Clarke the from the adjacent villages of Titsey and Limpsfield in Surrey. See more »

Goofs

During the trial the chimney on the saloon coach changes sides from right to left and back again in comparison to the Titfield Thunderbolt. The coach obviously was turned around during filming and pulled the other way. See more »

Quotes

Mrs Valentine: Do you know what time it is?
Valentine: Yes, my love: summer double time.
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Connections

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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User Reviews

No longer lost in the mists of times-gone-bye!
30 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this many years ago on a TV broadcast and was delighted with that inimitable brand of English wit that transported me to a countryside and a wonderful group of people who were so uniquely British and so utterly fascinating to a young American who was (and is) unendingly interested in what else there is in the world beyond the borders of the continental U.S.A. Now at last viewers in the U.S. can obtain this film as part of a DVD collection, amidst a few other British comedy classics, redeeming its from its long neglect in the vaults.

Reading the other comments that have been posted by those who reside in Great Britain, it's distressing to read that the depredations of the big money men laid waste traditions and conveniences that at one time so enhanced daily life there. You probably know about the parallels here where vast networks of rail communications and transport, including many minimally polluting streetcar lines in many U.S. cities were intentionally destroyed by those whose motive was short-term profit and the enrichment of the Detroit automakers and their nefarious bedfellows, the oil company executives, who even today are assisting in embroiling both of our nations in horrendously costly and destructive conflicts (notwithstanding that there may, indeed, be some reasons for protecting ourselves against the mounting threats of technologically-assisted terror.)

One thing I do recall about this film was the incredibly beautiful use of "Colour by Technicolor." Hollywood cinematographers, at their best, rarely matched what their English counterparts often achieved. (Was there something about the addition of the letter "u" in that first word?) I've seen many others of the most famous Ealing comedies and every one of them was an entertainment experience that I savored then and to which I often return on those preciously available VHS tapes in my library (which can be slipped into my non-PAL format equipment). Cheers! and Thanksalot!


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