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Calling All Cars (1954)

| Short, Comedy | 1954 (UK)
Friends on a motoring holiday pursue two girls.

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Freddie, The Taxi (voice) (as Spike {Goon} Milligan also)
Cardew Robinson ...
Reggie Ramsbottom (as Cardew {The Cad} Robinson also)
John Fitzgerald ...
Tom Lester
Adrienne Scott ...
Beryl Grant
Pauline Olsen ...
Marjorie Grant
Margot Bryant ...
Mrs. Flit
Gloria Brett ...
Mavis Grant
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Friends on a motoring holiday pursue two girls.

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When John Fitzgerald (Tom Lester) is describing to Cardew Robinson (Reggie Ramsbottom) the construction of the new Dover Port Terminal, the amount of mashed potato he uses is more than the amount originally served (notwithstanding he had already taken a portion for his own plate) and he seems to have acquired extra sausages from somewhere to represent the towers. See more »

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Interesting Period Piece
19 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This 40 minute short was sponsored by the Dover Port Authority and was clearly intended to showcase their newly built facilities. Consequently don't expect a story any more complex than two comical guys in a clapped-out taxi pursue two classy women in a sports car as far as France in the hope of making their acquaintance.

There are a few mildly comedic moments (e.g. Robinson sticks a firework in the car exhaust in order to get it going) and there is the unusual touch of having Spike Milligan doing a voice-over as though he was the voice of the taxi itself. As another reviewer points out this is more irritating than funny.

Also unusual is the fact that the budget obviously didn't stretch to portable sound equipment so the film was made silent with all background noises, sound effects and dialogue dubbed on later. This was done very badly so they may appear to be on a busy road but when they speak they sound like they are sitting round a microphone in a studio somewhere. There are also very few close ups in the film - I suspect this is so you don't notice the lousy lack of lip-sync.

Putting all that aside though this is interesting as a little piece of history and giving a glimpse of '50's England.


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