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Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Once a Jolly Swagman (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 1949 (West Germany)
Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) 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.

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 ... 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

Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) 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.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniacs on Wheels See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real-life, Thora Hird (Ma Fox) was only ten years older than Sir Dirk Bogarde (Bill Fox). 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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Not many swagmen to be seen
25 May 2001 | by dj_kennettSee all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde appears in this film as a young, working class lad who achieves fame and fortune (and a nasty little moustache) as a speedway bike rider during the 1940's. Of course, his career is interrupted by the war.

It is a little laboured at times, but you have to admire the cameramen who created the footage of the races with such limited technology.

I spent a lot of the film trying to work out where the swagman theme was supposed to come from - aside from using Waltzing Matilda as the theme. Later on I realised his faithful wife Pat, and her brother, were supposed to be Australian. The brother later retired to Australia to go 'sheep farming'.

Strewth!


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