Once a Jolly Swagman

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Overview

Starring Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Thora Hird, Sid James and Bill Owen, this British gem was nominated for a BAFTA in 1949. Bogarde, in only his second film, plays the role of Bill Fox, a bored factory worker who becomes a famous speedway star. He meets a glamorous society woman who introduces him to a new and exciting social circle and Bill quickly forgets his working class roots. Bill eventually becomes disillusioned with the Mayfair scene and marries Pat, the sister of his team mate, Lag Gibbon. Back at the track, he tries to form a riders union to ensure families are financially secure should an accident occur on the track. Pat tries to get Bill to pack up racing and open a garage, but Bill refuses and she leaves him. WW2 arrives and Bill enlists as a motorcycle despatch rider but after the war Bill is left with a dilema, should he make a racing comeback or get back together with his one true love?

  1. Montagu Slater

    Novel

  2. Jack Lee

    Director

  3. William Rose

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Dirk Bogarde

    Dirk Bogarde

    Bill Fox

  2. Bonar Colleano

    Bonar Colleano

    Tommy Possey

  3. Bill Owen

    Bill Owen

    Lag Gibbon

  4. Renée Asherson

    Renée Asherson

    Pat Gibbon

  5. Sid James

    Sid James

    Rowton

  6. Thora Hird

    Thora Hird

    Ma Fox

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

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  • February 2, 1949
    U, Theatrical

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