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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Stone ...
Travel Girl
Lionel Murton ...
American Traveller
Lisa Gastoni ...
Receptionist (as Liza Gastone)
Margaret Rutherford ...
Miss Cynthia Beeston
Belinda Lee ...
Janie Grey
George Coulouris ...
Edward Schroeder
Toke Townley ...
Henry Waterman
Michael Gwynn ...
1st Transport Officer (as Michael Gwynne)
Stringer Davis ...
2nd Transport Officer
Richard Beynon ...
3rd Transport Officer
Anthony Oliver ...
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Lee Nicholls
Frankie Howerd ...
Percy Lamb
Sam Kydd ...
Security Officer
Reginald Beckwith ...
Telephone Man
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When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one among their number is the mastermind behind a bullion robbery at the airport... and particularly keen to escape the fog! Written by Anonymous

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8 October 1954 (Finland)  »

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Bussen der forsvandt  »

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That Eternal British Fog
18 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Frankie Howerd who for some unexplained reason never got big stardom on the big screen made a very funny feature film debut where he plays a bus driver in The Runaway Bus. In fact part of the plot is that he's driving the bus for the wrong company.

It's supposed to be a regular bus, but a very pushy stewardess for British Overseas Airlines Corporation (BOAC) played by Petula Clark manages to dragoon Howerd into driving a shuttle bus that BOAC has for its passengers. Nothing is flying at Heathrow because of the fog, but the company will shuttle some passengers to another airport where they can make connections.

One of them wants to real bad because they've just stolen several gold bullion bars from the Bank of England and they're trying to affect a getaway. The problem is just who among the passengers is the thief? And the suspicions are not just confined to the passengers.

Complicating things is the fact that Howerd in the fog manages to drive the bus to an abandoned village that the British Army uses for war games. Believe it or not, it's all both pretty funny and suspenseful at the time.

Such various and sundry characters as Margaret Rutherford, George Coulouris, Terence Alexander, and Belinda Lee are all passengers on the bus. They all deliver performances well within their typecasting range.

Howerd never got big screen stardom on either side of the pond. His real fame was on the small screen in the United Kingdom. For me this was a nice introduction to his brand of comedy. I liked it and I think so will you.


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