The Runaway Bus (February 16, 1954)

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The Runaway Bus
 

Released on February 16, 1954: Crooks, stolen gold, and innocent bystanders get stuck on a bus that is lost in a heavy fog.

Directed by Val Guest

The Actors: Frankie Howerd (Percy Lamb), Margaret Rutherford (Miss Cynthia Beeston), Petula Clark (stewardess Nikki Nicholls), George Coulouris (Ernest Schroeder), Toke Townley (Henry Waterman), Terence Alexander (pilot Peter Jones), Belinda Lee (Janie Grey), John Horsley (Inspector Henley), Anthony Oliver (uniformed senior airport official), Stringer Davis (transport officer), Michael Gwynn (transport dispatcher), Reginald Beckwith (telephone man), Marianne Stone (uniformed airport hostess), Lionel Murton (American traveller), Lisa Gastoni (receptionist), Richard Beynon (transport officer), Sam Kydd (chief of security), Cyril Conway (crook), Arthur Lovegrove (crook), Alastair Hunter (detective Spencer), James Brown (unknown), Ted Chapman (unknown), Norma Dale (unknown), William Franklyn (voice of crook in opening scene), Frank Phillips (BBC newscaster), Jimmy Young (unknown).

 

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Wow! I have watched so many old movies that it is very difficult to amaze me, but this British blockbuster knocked me off my keyster! For some strange reason when it appeared in movie theaters in 1954 it didn't do very well, and quickly disappeared from sight. This amazing story by the legendary Val Guest combines some of the finest British humor that I have ever seen with a whodunit mystery that any talented author would be proud to have penned. With a cast that includes Margaret Rutherford, Frankie Howerd, Petula Clark and George Coulouris you are in for a very rare treat while enjoying this classic. We start with some classic London fog - thick fog - fog so thick that you could eat it with a spoon. Next we have an airport full of people on Christmas Eve trying to get somewhere, but the airport is shut down because of the fog. Then we add a robbery of a fortune in gold bars with one of the smartest criminals in England. Put some quirky passengers, the crooks, the gold, and some innocents onto a bus headed for another airport, and the fun begins! If you enjoy a good whodunit combined with some amazing British humor from a legendary cast, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of warm melted butter on it and get ready for the bus ride of your life! If you enjoy it as much as I did, this is one that you will watch again and again, any time you need to escape your world and disappear into the humor and genius of the great British movie man Val Guest.

Belinda Lee and Frankie Howerd
Belinda Lee and Frankie Howerd on the bus
Belinda Lee, Terrence Alexancer and Frankie Howerd
Belinda Lee, Terence Alexander and Frankie Howerd
Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee is Janie Grey, who loves to read strange books
Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee in The Runaway Bus
Cyril Conway and Arthur Lovegrove
Cyril Conway and Arthur Lovegrove
Frank Phillips
Frank Phillips as the BBC news and weather reporter
Frankie Howerd and Belinda Lee
Frankie Howerd and Belinda Lee
Frankie Howerd and Petula Clark
Frankie Howerd and Petula Clark
Frankie Howerd
Frannkie Howerd is the bus driver
George Coulouris
George Coulouris as the mysterious Henry Watermann
George Coulouris and Terence Alexander
George Coulouris and Terence Alexander
George Coulouris
George Coulouris aims a machine gun at the passengers
George Coulouris
George Coulouris in The Runaway Bus
John Horsley
John Horsley as Inspector Henley
Margaret Rugherford and Toke Townley
Margaret Rutherford listens to Toke Townley read from his seed catalogue
Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford is Miss Cynthia Beeston
Margaret Rutherford with a gun
Margaret Rutherford holds a gun on the passengers
Michael Gwynn
Michael Gwynn
Petula Clark and Belinda Lee
Petula Clark and Belinda Lee
Petula Clark and Frankie Howerd
Petula Clark and Frankie Howerd
Petula Clark and George Coulouris
Petula Clark and George Coulouris
Petula Clark as stewardess Nikki Nicholls
Petula Clark as stewardess Nikki Nicholls
Petula Clark
Petula Clark in The Runaway Bus
Petula Clark
Petula Clark gets ready for the bus ride into the fog
Stringer Davis
Stringer Davis
Terence Alexander and Frankie Howerd
Terence Alexander and Frankie Howerd
Terence Alexander
Terence Alexander as first officer Peter Jones
Toke Townley and Margaret Rutherford
Toke Townley and Margaret Rutherford in The Runaway Bus