The Titfield Thunderbolt

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1953 ( UK ) ( Comedy )Starring: Stanley Holloway,George Relph, Naunton Wayne, Sid JamesDirector: Charles CrichtonThis was the first Ealing comedy to be made in colour. Faced with the loss of their beloved railway, a local village rally together to help it compete against the rival bus company. With a motley crew now running the train, each with their own ideas, can they keep train company alive?The main film will be preceded by a locally made short film, The Railway Cattle Bridge Removal, by courtesy of Harborough Movie Makers. (7.5mins). This is a silent film in colour and was made by Nigel Pickering in 1967. Nigel was the office manager at Monks and a co-founder of Harborough Cine Club. The film features the dismantling of the bridge which, in part, required the use of explosives. This had some unexpected consequences for some residents in Great Bowden!Phil Baildon, a local railway enthusiast, will be our narrator who will tell us about the making of The Titfield Thunderbolt illustrated with various short films and give the background to the destruction of the railway cattle bridge. This will be an enjoyable evening with a difference! (1hr 24min)

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