A Boy, A Girl And A Bike. Susie Bates (Honor Blackman). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited.

A Boy, A Girl And A Bike

1949 British comedy film about a cycling club. Stars John McCallum, Honor Blackman, Patrick Holt, Diana Dors, Maurice Denham and others.

A Boy, A Girl And A Bike. Image shows from L to R: Ada Foster (Diana Dors), David Howarth (John McCallum). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited.

A Boy, A Girl And A Bike

Comedy centred around a Yorkshire town's cycling club

Genre
Film
Released
1949
Starring
John McCallum, Honor Blackman, Patrick Holt, Diana Dors, Maurice Denham, Leslie Dwyer, Anthony Newley, Megs Jenkins and others
Writer
Ted Willis
Director
Ralph Smart
Producer
Ralph Keene

Coming across a local road cycling club practising on the winding, hilly roads around their town, well-to-do car driver David is perplexed as to why anyone would wish to hurl themselves around on these two-wheeled contraptions. However, his interest is piqued when he notices a pretty blonde member of the group, Susie, and - after some initial blundering - he quickly becomes more intrigued by the cycling world.

Aside from Susie and her nearly-fiancé Sam, other members of the club include utter devotee Alf; Steve, the partner of widowed local café owner Nan Ritchie; and Londoner Bert. They are joined by regular hangers-on in the form of Ginger; Ada; Nan's son, Charlie; and assisted by black-market bookmaker and local cycle shop proprietor Bill Martin and his son, Frankie.

Having purchased an old bike from the Martins David is soon out on the roads himself, and the club members soon realise he's actually capable of a fair pace. Signing him up as a backup rider for their racing team, they begin training for some important upcoming events. It's not long, however, before his friendship with Susie is causing ructions between her and Sam, who're struggling already with a search for a home of their own.

Meanwhile, since his father's death young Charlie has run off the rails a little, most recently running up debts of some £6 with the Martins' underground gambling racket. Barely able to scrape together a few bob at a time, he's under increasing pressure to stump up the cash or face the consequences. But, Bill and Frankie suggest, he might be able to clear his debts with one swoop if he can steal a bicycle for them to sell on.

Production Details

UK certificate
A
Duration
91 minutes
Release date
Monday 23rd May 1949
Distributor

General Film Distributors

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
None

Location

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Broadcast details

Last repeat
Saturday 16th February 2019 at 9:15am on TPTV

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