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A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949)

When a local cycle club, invite a couple of new members to join them, little do the club realise, that they will soon be involved in a couple of illegal bookmakers putting the squeeze on ... See full summary »

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Ralph Smart

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Ralph Keene (by), John Sommerfield (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCallum ... David Howarth
Honor Blackman ... Susie Bates
Patrick Holt ... Sam Walters
Diana Dors ... Ada Foster
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Steve Hall
Megs Jenkins ... Nan Ritchie
Anthony Newley ... Charlie Ritchie
Maggie Hanley Maggie Hanley ... Ginger (as Margaret Avery)
Maurice Denham ... Bill Martin
John Blythe ... Frankie Martin
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Mr. Bates
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Bates
Margot Bourke Margot Bourke ... Mary Bates
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Grannie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Bert Gardner
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When a local cycle club, invite a couple of new members to join them, little do the club realise, that they will soon be involved in a couple of illegal bookmakers putting the squeeze on the son of one of the Members, a stolen bike, a deserting soldier on the run from the police, and a love triangle, that's bound to lead to trouble. During the late 40's and the early 50's, there seem to be hundreds of these clubs. This film shows a fascinating look at a North Country mill town, with a refreshing absence of traffic jams, yellow lines , traffic wardens, and other things we have become accustomed to seeing on our roads today. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1949 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Perhaps a touch implausible in places, but good fun!
6 April 2019 | by KStandKenSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this, having been in organised cycling and racing since the mid 1960s. I wish I'd been out and about on two wheels when the roads were as quiet as depicted, but I know from reading cycling history that it must have been as shown. It's mainly for fun of course, and please don't think I'm nit-picking, but the plot of the racing part is slightly implausible in that on the start line of a championship race, when the police arrest Bert Gardner, David Howarth, steps up in his place as a reserve rider, That's legal of course, but he also uses Bert's race number which certainly is against regulations. Furthermore, despite having had only a few short weeks of riding, the rookie not only avoids getting dropped (left behind) in the first few miles of this hilly race - he even completes the distance to finish in fourth place! One of the racers from a rival cycling club, who I spotted riding at the head of the race in it's final stages, was none other than "he whose name should not be mentioned," the infamous sex offender, Jimmy Savile. His name didn't appear in the credits. Savile was one of the leading Yorkshire bike racers of the period and later competed in the two week long 'Tour of Britain' race. Apologies folks if the details of Savile's infamy may not be widely known outside the UK, but after his competitive cycling career was over he became a radio DJ, then an extremely famous celebrity, culminating in him creating and hosting the very popular Saturday evening TV show, "Jim'll Fix it." He took advantage of his celebrity status to inveigle himself into positions of trust in various hospitals and institutions where he sexually abused vulnerable young people. I met him twice when I was a young teenager and suffered no consequences - I consider myself fortunate for that.


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