Once a Jolly Swagman


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In America, in anticipation of Roger Corman, this twee little film was called Maniacs on Wheels. Bogarde plays a factory worker who becomes a speedway star. His Aussie mate (Owen) flies off the handlebars and suffers brain damage (hence the original title). But this does not deter Dirk from racing - and enlisting for WWII - while fiancée Renee Asherson gets all worried for his safety.


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robert chandler

Interesting. This was filmed partly in my flat in London in 1948, I think it was Dirk Bogarde's first movie. I met all the stars.