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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 among their number is the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Stone ... Travel Girl
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... American Traveler
Lisa Gastoni ... Receptionist (as Liza Gastone)
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Cynthia Beeston
Belinda Lee ... Janie Grey
George Coulouris ... Edward 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 Reginald Beckwith ... Telephone Man


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 among their number is the mastermind behind a bullion robbery at the airport... and particularly keen to escape the fog! Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 October 1954 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bussen der forsvandt See more »


Box Office


£45,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Val Guest Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time, for a UK cinema release to be classed as a main feature, it had to be at least 75mins long. On the last day of filming, with only 30mins of studio time left the crew realised that they only had enough footage and script to stretch to 72mins. This would have meant that the film could only be used as a supporting feature, which would have meant a financial disaster for the backers. Frankie Howerd spotted a phone box prop and, with the clock counting down, improvised on the spot a 3 minute scene of him calling his old grandmother. With no time for a run-through the entire sequence was used unedited in the final movie. See more »


In the actual movie, Mr. Schroeder is continually referred to as Edward as his given name. In the end credits, the character's given name is listed as Ernest. See more »


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Too funny; ved-dy excellent British comedy
24 July 2001 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

Full of stodgy British laughs from almost fifty years ago, this movie was excellent to watch when there was nothing else to do. See an incredibly young Petula Clark (it took me a while to recognize her), Margaret Rutherford as the stereotypical English grandmother complete with fox fur and parasol, but especially the laughs are had by Frankie Howard, virtually unknown to American audiences. As the bus driver of a bus with about a half dozen passengers who are stranded in one of hte legendary London fogs, Howard gets the best laughs just trying to find the bus in the fog to begin with. The movie does valley out but it is interesting to watch to the end. Petula does not sing tho. This was a fun movie, if for nothing else then to see an aged, non-HOllywood film with non-Hollywood actors.

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