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Soapbox Derby (1958)

 -  Drama | Family  -  January 1958 (UK)
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Children's drama. Two rival children's gangs in London decide to hold a soapbox derby. The Battersea Bats are rumoured to have a new design so the Victoria Victors set out to steal it. The ... See full summary »

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Peter Toms
Keith Davis ...
Legs Johnson
Roy Townsend ...
Foureyes Fulton
Alan Coleshill ...
Lew Lender
Malcolm Kirby ...
John
Raymond Dudley ...
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Carla Challoner ...
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Children's drama. Two rival children's gangs in London decide to hold a soapbox derby. The Battersea Bats are rumoured to have a new design so the Victoria Victors set out to steal it. The plan things to make it look like it was one of the Bats who stole the cart. Watch out for a very young 'Michael Crawford' in his first screen appearance. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Young Michael Crawford
14 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Soapbox Derby, which runs a hair more than an hour, we get 15-year-old Michael Crawford as head of a "gang" (more a club) called the Battersea Bats. They are keen to enter a soapbox derby and work hard on designing and fabricating a car. But a rival gang also wants to win. But they decide to steal the plans and copy the design rather than do their own work. More sophisticated and realistic than the US "Our Gang" shorts, the film shows the triumph of good work over those who steal and lie. Very watchable. The on-location shooting is excellent. Although the film ends with the bad boys losing the race (of course) and falling into mud (for a good belly laugh) it also has its dramatic moments as when one boy's little sister gets run over by a truck.

Crawford is especially spunky and shows his prowess at knockabout comedy. Cast also includes Mark Daly as Grandpa, Jean Ireland as the mother, and Denis Shaw as the odious Mr. Lender.

Also of interest in Soapbox Derby is a truly ugly little car called an Isetta, almost a 3-wheeled car with the single door on the front of the vehicle.


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