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A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949)

When a local cycle club, invite a couple of new members to join them, little do the club realise, that they will soon be involved in a couple of illegal bookmakers putting the squeeze on ... See full summary »

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Ralph Smart

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Ralph Keene (by), John Sommerfield (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCallum ... David Howarth
Honor Blackman ... Susie Bates
Patrick Holt ... Sam Walters
Diana Dors ... Ada Foster
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Steve Hall
Megs Jenkins ... Nan Ritchie
Anthony Newley ... Charlie Ritchie
Maggie Hanley Maggie Hanley ... Ginger (as Margaret Avery)
Maurice Denham ... Bill Martin
John Blythe ... Frankie Martin
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Mr. Bates
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Bates
Margot Bourke Margot Bourke ... Mary Bates
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Grannie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Bert Gardner
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When a local cycle club, invite a couple of new members to join them, little do the club realise, that they will soon be involved in a couple of illegal bookmakers putting the squeeze on the son of one of the Members, a stolen bike, a deserting soldier on the run from the police, and a love triangle, that's bound to lead to trouble. During the late 40's and the early 50's, there seem to be hundreds of these clubs. This film shows a fascinating look at a North Country mill town, with a refreshing absence of traffic jams, yellow lines , traffic wardens, and other things we have become accustomed to seeing on our roads today. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1949 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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A bit of nostalgia
15 September 2004 | by petshelSee all my reviews

I saw the film in our local cinema in Paddington in 1949, when I was nearly 13 and a keen cyclist. All of us young boys rated it highly, not least for the unique way the rear brake cable was routed to the brake via a small pilot tube within the bike's top tube. It was the first time that we had seen the young Diana Dors (I think she was 16 at this time) and a real head-turner. Honor Blackman spoke with a creditable Yorkshire accent and I particularly remember the scene when, after having a puncture, she asks John McCullum to "pass the patches and solution". Years later I met Miss Blackman when she was learning to fly at my flying club, Flairavia, at Biggin Hill in 1964 after having just played the part of Pussy Galore in "Gold Finger" - she couldn't remember saying those (to me) immortal lines from the 1949 film! I think the film has stood the test of time and is well worth viewing to remind us how we all lived.

Peter Woodman.


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