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Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Once a Jolly Swagman (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 1949 (West Germany)
A factory worker is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses. Produced by Ian Dalrymple. Written by Jack Lee.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Montagu Slater (novel), William Rose (script) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano Bonar Colleano ... Tommy Possey
Bill Owen ... Lag Gibbon
Renée Asherson ... Pat (as Renee Asherson)
Thora Hird ... Ma Fox
James Hayter ... Pa Fox
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Dick
Moira Lister ... Dotty Liz
Sidney James ... Rowton
Dudley Jones Dudley Jones ... Taffy
Cyril Cusack ... Duggie
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Derek
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ... Kay Fox
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Storyline

A factory worker is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses. Produced by Ian Dalrymple. Written by Jack Lee.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniacs on Wheels See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wessex Film Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film of Patric Doonan. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1937 LONDON See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by unidentified performer on phonograph at military personnel party and played often in the score
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Worth seeing even if you don't care about motorcycle racing.
25 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I have no interest in motorcycle racing, I am a big fan of Dirk Bogarde and his very natural way of acting. So, despite this being the sort of thing that I'd normally not see, I gave it a look.

Bill Fox (Bogarde) wants to be a professional motorcycle racer back in pre-war Britain. However, at the same time, it is very dangerous and the folks in charge don't do a lot to take care of the drivers if they become seriously injured. Neither of these things bother Bill at first--he just wants to win. However, after he gets married, this causes a huge problem in his marriage--one that corresponds with the beginning of WWII. What's to happen with Bill? Now he's a soldier and his wife has left him?

This film seems to give Bogarde less of a chance to really act than his later films since his character has a rather restricted emotional range. But it's worth seeing--with an interesting plot, some decent race footage and some interesting character development through the course of the film. Not great but quite good.


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