The Titfield Thunderbolt

The Titfield Thunderbolt

Charles Crichton (1952)

80min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although it gives off an undeniably warm glow, this tale of the rescue of a much-loved branch line clearly shows that the Ealing comedy express was beginning to run out of steam. Only in this rather too cosy world could social protest be undertaken on behalf of the forelock-tugging lower classes by squires, bishops, vicars, bumbling town clerks and amiable drunks. Despite a patronising tone and writer TEB Clarke's failure to realise the full potential of the satire, this is still an entertaining piece, thanks to director Charles Crichton's formidable talent and the highly polished playing of the cast.

Summary

Villagers try to save their railway branch from closure by taking it over as a public business - but the owners of the local bus company try to sabotage their plans, forcing them to resort to more underhand methods. Ealing comedy, starring Stanley Holloway, George Relph, John Gregson, Godfrey Tearle and Sid James.

Cast & Crew

Valentine Stanley Holloway
Reverend Weech George Relph
Blakeworth Naunton Wayne
Gordon John Gregson
Bishop Godfrey Tearle
Dan Hugh Griffith
Joan Gabrielle Brune
Hawkins Sidney James
Coggett Reginald Beckwith
Emily Edie Martin
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy