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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 October 1953 (USA)
Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Valentine
George Relph George Relph ... Weech
Naunton Wayne ... Blakeworth
John Gregson ... Gordon
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle ... The Bishop
Hugh Griffith ... Dan
Gabrielle Brune Gabrielle Brune ... Joan
Sidney James ... Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Coggett
Edie Martin ... Emily
Michael Trubshawe ... Ruddock
Jack MacGowran ... Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
Ewan Roberts ... Alec Pearce
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... Seth
John Rudling John Rudling ... Clegg
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The residents of a small English village are about to lose their ancient railroad. They decide to rescue it by running it themselves, in competition with the local bus company. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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A one way trip from here to hilarity! See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blixten från Titfield See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive "Lion" was damaged during filming when the carriage train is reunited with the locomotive. The rear frame was bent by the force of the impact. The damage was still visible in 2001. See more »

Goofs

In the last sequence, some men are playing cricket as the Titfield Thunderbolt makes its winning run to Mallingford. Abandoning their game, they rush to the embankment to see the train go by. The scene shows the batsman at the crease being distracted as the train appears in the distance, and being clean bowled as a result. However, although the bails on the wicket fall to the ground, the ball bowled by the bowler clearly sails more than a foot above the wicket. See more »

Quotes

Mrs Valentine: Do you know what time it is?
Valentine: Yes, my love: summer double time.
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Connections

Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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It's A Wonderful Ride.
22 September 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

I'll tell you- when you finished seeing an Ealing comedy, you walked out of there with a little spring in your step. This one is a tale of the lovely English village of Titfield, and its close-knit residents who are suddenly faced with losing a piece of their history. The distant authorities have planned the imminent abandonment of their historic branch-line railway, which had been built by a forefather of the village rector. The community protests, but the die seems to have been cast, and the clash of wills intensifies. The "Thunderbolt" of the title is the railway's original locomotive, which is eventually pulled from its graceful museum retirement, fired up, and pressed back into service by the desperate villagers. Heady material, indeed. Now, this could have been a cardboard, slapstick farce.... but Ealing always did things right. We feel the residents' deep sense of impending community loss as they work together against time to stave off the forces of apathy and of mercenary gain aligned against them. That means, of course, we'll be sharing their final trump over all the bad guys and naysayers. (Come on, you knew they'd win.) Are there really places like Titfield out there? (Or Bedford Falls, or the other stick-together hometowns that Frank Capra would tell us of?) At least we can all become honorary citizens for an hour or two. And I've revisited Titfield many times. Highly recommended to all.


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