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The Runaway Bus (1954)

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one amongst their number is the ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writer:

Val Guest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Stone ... Travel Girl
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... American Traveller
Lisa Gastoni ... Receptionist (as Liza Gastone)
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Beeston
Belinda Lee ... Janie Grey
George Coulouris ... Ernest Schroeder
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Henry Waterman
Michael Gwynn ... 1st Transport Officer (as Michael Gwynne)
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... 2nd Transport Officer
Richard Beynon Richard Beynon ... 3rd Transport Officer
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Duty Officer
Petula Clark ... Lee Nicholls
Frankie Howerd ... Percy Lamb
Sam Kydd ... Security Officer
Reginald Beckwith ... Telephone Man
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Storyline

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one amongst their number is the mastermind behind a bullion robbery at the airport... and particularly keen to escape the fog.

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All Aboard for a Non-Stop Ride of Fun!

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Trivia

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's "Loose Ends" in September 2016, Petula Clark (Lee Nicholls) recalled this as a "dreadful film", noting that the noxious artificial fog used in the studio - to disguise the conspicuous lack of background scenery - made the cast fall ill. See more »

Goofs

When Percy Lamb says 'Just follow this' meaning the luggage straps tied to the headlights - the luggage straps are nowhere to be seen prior as if they mysteriously appeared in his hand. See more »

Quotes

2nd Transport Officer: We still have Emergency Relief No. 13. Is it an emergency?
1st Transport Officer: It's a large woman running around with an umbrella.
2nd Transport Officer: That's an emergency at any airport. Page the relief driver.
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Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd (2000) See more »

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runaway fun in the fog
28 March 2004 | by peachymead-1See all my reviews

This is a great comedy film,with a large number of British stars on their way up including later pop star Petula Clarke who these days lives in france. The whole set up hinges on the fact that a fog covers the south east England and a Gold bullion robeery has been waiting for this very thing to happen. Master mind the Banker a most deadly crook who is not disccoved till the end of the last reel, and who the players hold a sweep stake on who it is. Frankie Howard is just great and when he climbs a post to find the way only to discover the words 'wet paint', its a laugh a minute. A film to watch over and over as you discover some thing new each time. Pity we can not have fims like this these days simple entertaining fun.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Runaway Bus See more »

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Budget:

GBP45,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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