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The Green Helmet (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 20 April 1961 (USA)
A racing driver loses his nerves after several crashes


Michael Forlong


Jon Cleary (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Travers ... Greg Rafferty
Ed Begley ... Bartell
Sidney James ... Richie Launder
Nancy Walters ... Diane
Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Rafferty
Megs Jenkins ... Kitty Launder
Jack Brabham Jack Brabham ... Self
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Taz Rafferty
Tutte Lemkow ... Carlo Zaraga
Gordon Tanner ... Hastrow
Ferdy Mayne ... Rossano
Peter Collingwood ... Charlie
Roland Curram ... George
Diane Clare ... Pamela
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Lupi


A racing driver loses his nerves after several crashes

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Both Ronald Curram and Glyn Houston are dubbed. See more »


In the real Mille Miglia, the cars were numbered with three-digit numbers across their hoods, representing the times they started the race. In some of the film's Mille Miglia sequences the cars are numbered correctly, but in others they have different two-digit black numbers in white circles on the sides and back, the way cars would be numbered in a closed-track race instead of an open-road race like the Mille Miglia. See more »


All I Do Is Dream of You
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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An entertaining film for auto racing fans
1 June 2002 | by biker45See all my reviews

THE GREEN HELMET is an entertaining film for auto racing devotees, but might not be of more than passing interest to anyone else. I viewed the film when it was released in the United States in 1961, and found it engrossing. Unfortunately, it is rarely shown on television and is not available (as far as I know) on video media. I have not seen it since its original theatrical run. The story involves the testing of newly designed racing tires, and includes the obligatory romantic subplot between the driver hired to do the testing and the daughter of the tire manufacturer. The most notable feature of the film is the pioneering use of cameras mounted on the front of the test vehicle, that give an unobstructed view of what a racing driver actually sees and hears when operating a racing car at extremely high speeds. This photographic technique was used to great effect in the much more famous film GRAND PRIX, released five years later. This feature makes the film a must-see (if one can find it) for anyone interested in the sport of auto racing.

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Release Date:

20 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Green Helmet See more »

Filming Locations:

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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