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The Runaway Bus (1954)

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one among their number is the ... See full summary »

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Val Guest

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Val Guest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Stone ... Travel Girl
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... American Traveler
Lisa Gastoni ... Receptionist (as Liza Gastone)
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Cynthia Beeston
Belinda Lee ... Janie Grey
George Coulouris ... Edward Schroeder
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Henry Waterman
Michael Gwynn ... 1st Transport Officer (as Michael Gwynne)
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... 2nd Transport Officer
Richard Beynon Richard Beynon ... 3rd Transport Officer
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Duty Officer
Petula Clark ... Lee Nicholls
Frankie Howerd ... Percy Lamb
Sam Kydd ... Security Officer
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Telephone Man
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Storyline

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one among their number is the mastermind behind a bullion robbery at the airport... and particularly keen to escape the fog! Written by Anonymous

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All Aboard for a Non-Stop Ride of Fun!

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bussen der forsvandt See more »

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Budget:

GBP45,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Val Guest Productions See more »
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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's "Loose Ends" in September 2016, 'Petula Clark' (Lee Nicholls) recalled this as a "dreadful film", noting that the noxious artificial fog used in studio - to disguise the conspicuous lack of background scenery - made the cast fall ill. See more »

Goofs

When Percy Lamb says 'Just follow this' meaning the luggage straps tied to the headlights - the luggage straps are nowhere to be seen prior as if they mysteriously appeared in his hand. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd (2000) See more »

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Pretty dire.
29 October 2016 | by diadectes58See all my reviews

Pretty dire but just about watchable. A rather strange film too. I kept getting the feeling that I was watching two films at the same time: one a rather dull and silly crime thriller, and the other a Carry On film that Fankie Howerd seemed to think he was in. Just watch the movie and them imagine it without Frankie Howerd. See what I mean. He does not contribute anything to the story. He does his routine and the cast just stare at him bewildered. He then shuts up and the cast pick up where they left off and get on with it. It's almost like they started making the film as a regular crime thriller but then had second thoughts, so brought Frankie Howerd in to liven things up, and quickly wrote a few gags and lines for him.


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