• User
    Score

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. Jack Lee

    Director

  2. Montagu Slater

    Novel

  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

Full Cast & Crew

Once a Jolly Swagman
Once a Jolly Swagman

Recommendations

Facts

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 2, 1949
    U
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    All ages admitted, there is nothing unsuitable for children.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -

Genres

Keywords

Content Score

93

Almost there...

Top Contributors

Popularity Trend

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.

Global

s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page