The Titfield Thunderbolt. Image shows from L to R: Joan (Gabrielle Brune), Valentine (Stanley Holloway). Copyright: Ealing Studios.

The Titfield Thunderbolt

1953 British comedy film about the closure of a small railway line. Stars Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson, Godfrey Tearle and others.

The Titfield Thunderbolt. Image shows from L to R: Joan (Gabrielle Brune), Valentine (Stanley Holloway). Copyright: Ealing Studios.

The Titfield Thunderbolt

Comedy starring Stanley Holloway. The villagers of Titfield take matters into their own hands when their local railway line closes down

Genre
Film
Released
1953
Starring
Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson, Godfrey Tearle, Hugh Griffith, Gabrielle Brune, Sid James and others
Writer
T.E.B. Clarke
Director
Charles Crichton
Producer
Michael Truman

The villagers of Titfield love the convenience their small local branch line railway offers, so when its notice of closure is posted there is uproar.

British Railways, however - and particularly the small local firm it has signed a deal with to begin a bus service instead - has reckoned without the will of the villagers.

The local squire, whose ancestors built the line, is not willing to let his family heritage go without a fight and soon, with the support of the vicar, various other influential Titfielders and wealthy eccentric Mr Valentine, mounts a bid to buy the stretch of track into the nearby town of Mallingford and run it themselves.

Awarded a one-month trial of the running of the line by the responsible government department, the villagers of Titfield are overjoyed with their new full-size train set: but the newly created bus company aren't going to let their new monopoly slip through their fingers without a fight.

Production Details

UK certificate
U
Duration
83 minutes
Release date
Friday 6th March 1953
Premiere
Thursday 5th March 1953
Production company
Soundtrack
Music composed by Georges Auric and conducted by Ernest Irving. Played by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 3:05pm on BBC2

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