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The Titfield Thunderbolt

Year:
Duration:
84 min
Genres:
Comedy
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Charles Crichton
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1953-10-20
Filming Locations: Bristol Temple Meads station, Bristol, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Stanley Holloway
Valentine
George Relph
Weech
Naunton Wayne
Blakeworth
John Gregson
Gordon
Godfrey Tearle
The Bishop
Hugh Griffith
Dan
Gabrielle Brune
Joan
Sidney James
Hawkins
Reginald Beckwith
Coggett
Edie Martin
Emily
Jack MacGowran
Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
Ewan Roberts
Alec Pearce
Herbert C. Walton
Seth
John Rudling
Clegg
Nancy O'Neil
Mrs. Blakeworth
Campbell Singer
Police Sergeant
Frank Atkinson
Station Sergeant
Wensley Pithey
A Policeman
Harold Alford
Guard
Ted Burbidge
Engine Driver
Frank Green
Fireman
Hilda Fenemore
Lady Washing Baby (uncredited)
Bert Harris
Driver (uncredited)
George King
Fireman (uncredited)
Sam Kydd
Policeman (uncredited)
Jack May
Old Man at Bedroom Window (uncredited)
Sid Mitchell
Driver (uncredited)
Mervyn Seal
Guard (uncredited)
Frank Sieman
Beer Drinker in Valentine's 'Corner' (uncredited)
Bob Stride
Fireman (uncredited)
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Trivia
The role of the pre-accident locomotive #1401 was played by two separate 14XX locomotives, facing in opposite directions to allow as much filming as possible. #1401 starred as herself while #1450 masqueraded as her sister with identical number-plates. Though #1401 was later scrapped, #1450 was preserved and today operates on steam railways throughout Britain.
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A replica locomotive was built on the chassis of a Bedford truck for the scene where the locomotive is seen driving down the road.
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A wooden replica of "Lion" was made for the scene where "Thunderbolt" is removed from the museum.
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Goofs
When Dan Walker is handcuffed and on the platform looking at his house-coach he has no pipe. As soon as he enters his house-coach he has his pipe in his mouth.
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When the water crane has been sabotaged and the passengers have brought water to the engine, Mr. Valentine can be seen coming back to the train as the Squire gets back in the guard's van. In the next shot he is seen gathering the bottles he saved *before* coming back to the train.
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When Dan Taylor & Walter Valentine are driving the stolen locomotive through the town, the wheels of the lorry that the replica locomotive was built on can seen in a shot looking from behind.
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Quotes
Sam Weech: They can't close our line, it's unthinkable
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Mrs Valentine: Do you know what time it is? Valentine: Yes, my love: summer double time.
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Valentine: [proposing a toast] Our magnificent generals, General Gordon and General Booth.
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Faq
Q
where was it filmed?
A
"Titfield thunderbolt" was filmed on the disused GWR Branch line between Limpley stoke and Camerton, near Bath. Titfield station itself was actually Monkton coombe, whilst "Mallingford" was Bristol Temple meads. Many of the filming locations can still be seen today, the landscape in the area having changed very little over the years. The track bed and the Bridges/viaducts in the film are still there.
Q
Stanley Holloway sings a song that the girls sang in school in "The Lavender Hill Mob." Does anyone recognize it?
A
T. E. B. Clarke may have liked the song sufficiently to ask Holloway to sing it, or Holloway may have chosen it himself.
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Photos from cast
Michael Trubshawe
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