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The Titfield Thunderbolt

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1952
  • Charles Crichton
  • 80 mins
  • PG

Summary

Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway. The villagers of Titfield take matters into their own hands when their local railway line is closed. But their plan to re-open the line provokes retaliation from a bus company.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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ValentineStanley Holloway
Reverend WeechGeorge Relph
BlakeworthNaunton Wayne
GordonJohn Gregson
BishopGodfrey Tearle
DanHugh Griffith
JoanGabrielle Brune
HawkinsSidney James
CoggettReginald Beckwith
EmilyEdie Martin

Crew

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DirectorCharles Crichton

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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