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The Galloping Major (1951)

A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular racehorse, but they accidentally buy the wrong horse. The horse is useless on the flat, so they decide to enter him as a jumper.

Director:

Henry Cornelius

Writers:

Basil Radford (based on an idea by), Monja Danischewsky (screenplay) (as Danischewsky) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Radford ... Major Arthur Hill
Jimmy Hanley ... Bill Collins
Janette Scott ... Susan Hill
A.E. Matthews A.E. Matthews ... Sir Robert
Rene Ray Rene Ray ... Pam Riley
Hugh Griffith ... Harold Temple
Joyce Grenfell ... Maggie
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Sam Fisher
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Mr. Leon (as Sidney Tafler)
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Sergeant Adair
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Ernie Smart
Charles Hawtrey ... Lew Rimmel
Kenneth Evans Kenneth Evans ... Bert
Alfie Bass ... Newsboy
Sidney James ... Bookmaker
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A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular racehorse, but they accidentally buy the wrong horse. The horse is useless on the flat, so they decide to enter him as a jumper.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Den galopperende major See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and places in this picture are fictitious, and any similarity to any person living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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The opening credits are presented as adverts on London buses. See more »

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enjoyable racehorse yarn - bit of an old chestnut!!
13 October 2009 | by pmhowardSee all my reviews

Interesting look at a bygone era of the early 50's in the London district of Lambs Green. But today we still love the GG's just like then. Some things never change. I was amazed at the way the bookies communicated with their colleagues in the stands (all line of sight). The film "dry rot" also showed them communicating odds with arm movements - fascinating, I've no idea what they were 'saying'. Seeing the old double decker buses brings back memories. They also had some real old buses that looked prewar as well. Lots of familiar British actors like Basil Radford playing the major and Joyce Grenville and Jimmy Hanley. Not a laugh out loud comedy more a comical drama post- Ealing production that apparently was based on an idea by the actor playing the Major. You can also catch sight of the 'Carry On' star Charles Hawtrey in a bit part. This film runs the gauntlet of emotions when bets of all sorts are involved. Just enjoy the ride and races.


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