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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Valentine
George Relph ... Weech
... Blakeworth
... Gordon
Godfrey Tearle ... The Bishop
... Dan
Gabrielle Brune ... Joan
... Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith ... Coggett
... Emily
... Ruddock
... Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
... Alec Pearce
Herbert C. Walton ... Seth
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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Blixten från Titfield  »

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The first Ealing comedy to be made in color. See more »

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It never seems to occur to any of the villagers that the track would've had to be repaired before the inspector's train ran over it. See more »

Quotes

Sam Weech: We want the Titfield Thunderbolt.
George Blakeworth: Out of the museum?
Sam Weech: Yes, yes, she'll run. She's as good as she ever was. I'll stake my living on it!
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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
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Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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Patriotism of the best sort
15 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

As you may gather from my signature i have railways in my blood,so it is practically inevitable that i love this movie.However it is more than a simple comedy about a village trying to save its railway branch line,though that would be good enough.It is also a picture of a time when a way of life was about to disappear with the railways,a time when people had good manners and treated each other with respect.A time also when to love your country didn"t open you to the charge of xenophobia.The cast are just fabulous with Hugh Griffith as Dan being the funniest,and a youngish Sid James [who always looked 55] before his Carry On heyday!The star is the countryside in beautiful Technicolour and funnily enough my favourite scene is a minor one; its where a girl in a summer dress is running down a hill to see the "Thunderbolt" go past! Now some good news; a couple of years ago i set out to walk the Limpley Stoke-Camerton line where the line was filmed,and was amazed to find how much was unchanged.Apart from the missing track,the cricket field [with the road viaduct behind] was exactly the same and at Monkton Combe [Titfield] the huge iron gateposts are still there.Anyone wanting to do the same should alight at Freshford station near Bath,walk through the lovely village past "Mr Valentines House" then to Limpley Stoke Station and follow the line from there.Like the film you"ll love it!


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