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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

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
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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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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>

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20 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Blixten från Titfield  »

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The first Ealing comedy to be made in colour. See more »

Goofs

In the last sequence, some men are playing cricket as the Titfield Thunderbolt makes its winning run to Mallingford. Abandoning their game, they rush to the embankment to see the train go by. The scene shows the batsman at the crease being distracted as the train appears in the distance, and being clean bowled as a result. However, although the bails on the wicket fall to the ground, the ball bowled by the bowler clearly sails more than a foot above the wicket. See more »

Quotes

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

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


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