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Maniacs on Wheels (1949)

Once a Jolly Swagman (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 1949 (West Germany)
Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Montagu Slater (novel), William Rose (script) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano ... Tommy Possey
Bill Owen ... Lag Gibbon
Renée Asherson ... Pat (as Renee Asherson)
Thora Hird ... Ma Fox
James Hayter ... Pa Fox
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Dick
Moira Lister ... Dotty Liz
Sidney James ... Rowton
Dudley Jones Dudley Jones ... Taffy
Cyril Cusack ... Duggie
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Derek
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Lewis
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Mr. Pusey
Sandra Dorne ... Kay Fox
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Storyline

Factory worker Bill Fox (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniacs on Wheels See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Dirk Bogarde didn't like motorbikes. New Cross stars Ron Johnson and Ron Howes acted as doubles for the action shots. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fox: Thinks she's Norma Shearer.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1937 LONDON See more »

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Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by unidentified performer on phonograph at military personnel party and played often in the score
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Interesting history lesson
13 February 2011 | by unopesojuanoSee all my reviews

Although the story line is pretty typical for movies of this period, formulaic, predictable, and with bits of romance, pathos, and patriotism thrown for filler, the film is an interesting, if too short, lesson in speedway history for us motorcycle buffs. Even though I have enjoyed speedway racing on the TV (when I can get it), I had no idea it was such a huge sport so early on. Another fascinating lesson is that it was held in such fascination and revulsion, being noisy, dirty, and dangerous. I guess motorcycle riding might always carry those cachets. This movie is what it is and I can't fault it a bit, except it needed more bikes!


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