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The Green Helmet (1961)

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

Director:

Michael Forlong

Writer:

Jon Cleary (novel)
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Cast

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 ... Himself
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
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Storyline

A racing driver loses his nerves after several crashes

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All the Thrills of Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring, Mille Miglia Races! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream of You
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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The (Black-and-White) Green Helmet
14 March 2003 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Although it sounds like the sort of film an anonymous sounding government department might release to educate the public about a particularly nasty type of sexually communicable disease, THE GREEN HELMET is, in fact, a rather ordinary flick about motor racing; while not exactly earth-shattering, it has to be said that the movie is nowhere near as unpleasant as the aforementioned disease. The storyline is strictly second rate and rarely manages to grab the attention, while those characters marked for tragic ends are obvious from the outset. The racing scenes are quite well-filmed (for the time – there's none of the one/two second cross-cutting that would be used today to crank up the suspense) and there are a couple of effective crash scenes, but we have to spend far too long on the test track before getting down to the real nitty-gritty. The use of real-life racing drivers, while perhaps boosting audience figures in the early sixties, adds little to the film now, as they are mostly names long since forgotten to anyone without an interest in motor-racing.


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