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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) was a Comedy Film directed by Charles Crichton and produced by Michael Balcon and Michael Truman.

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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953): A Review by Kyle Edwards

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) is an early-1950s British comedy which tells a story similar to many real occurrences throughout the world. After Britain's large, nationalized railroad company "British Railways" decides to cease operations over a rural branch line, a small group of concerned locals ... Read full article


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Valentine: [proposing a toast] Our magnificent generals, General Gordon and General Booth.


Mrs Valentine: Do you know what time it is?
Valentine: Yes, my love: summer double time.


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For the sequence where the drunken Valentine and Dan drive a stolen locomotive through the streets of Mallingford, a replica locomotive was built atop a lorry.
The credited driver, fireman and guard were not actors, they were British Railways employees from Westbury depot and were originally to be uncredited extras. After director Charles Crichton spoke to them on location and realized they "looked and sounded the part", they were given speaking parts.
Writer T.E.B. Clarke was a neighbor of Richard Beeching, then Director of ICI, at the time of filming. Beeching's 1963 report "The Re-shaping of British Railways" resulted in the wholesale closure of many branch lines like the one portrayed in the movie.
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