The Titfield Thunderbolt

Screening on Film
Directed by Charles Crichton.
With Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne.
UK, 1953, 35mm, color, 84 min.

The first Technicolor Ealing comedy tells the story of a village near Bath that bands together to save their local train line from budgetary extinction. A train-aficionado bishop leads the charge against a cadre of faceless bureaucrats, resurrecting a locomotive from the local museum in order to take over control of the line on behalf of the townspeople. Douglas Slocombe’s photography captures Crichton’s zany West Country England in a cozy, romantic glow.

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