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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 October 1953 (USA)
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
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Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith ...
Coggett
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Emily
Michael Trubshawe ...
Ruddock
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Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
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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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A Tin-and-Tonic special reels in from England! See more »

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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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(Colour by) (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A replica locomotive was built on the chassis of a Bedford truck for the scene where the locomotive is seen driving down the road. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Mr. Valentine drive the stolen locomotive on the road the tires of the truck the faux engine is built on can be seen. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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A Great Flick!
12 March 2004 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This was Ealing's first Colour film, and was a great achievement for the small independent film company which was struggling to keep up with the big guys. I agree that Alec Guiness should have probably played the reverend, but the film is a magical and wonderful addition to the Ealing Collection. I think that it is one of their best features in its field. There is no other comedy that captures the nostalgia and charm of a small English village. It is filled with an excellent script, a solid cast and physical commedy. Plus, "The Lion" the original 1800 locomotive which the film revolves around shows the ingenuity and the long lasting construction of British Locomotives. A must see on anyone's list!


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