Release date8 May 1951 WriterHenry Cornelius, Monja Danischewsky, Basil Radford (story) ScreenplayHenry Cornelius, Monja Danischewsky CastBasil Radford, Jimmy Hanley, Janette Scott, Hugh Griffith, Sid James, Joyce Grenfell Similar moviesJoyce Grenfell appears in The Galloping Major and Genevieve
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The Galloping Major is a 1951 British comedy sports film, starring Basil Radford, Jimmy Hanley and Janette Scott. It also featured Sid James, Charles Hawtrey and Joyce Grenfell in supporting roles. It was directed by Henry Cornelius and made at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. The film's sets were designed by Norman Arnold.
The title is taken from the song "The Galloping Major", and the plot was centred on gambling at the horse racing track. People in a London suburb form a syndicate to buy a race horse to run in the Grand National.
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The film was made as an independent production, backed by the Woolf Brothers. It proved profitable at the box office, but producer Monja Danischewsky quit independent production afterwards to return to work at Ealing Studios. It has been noted as being similar in style to the Ealing comedies of the same era.
It features appearances by several figures well-known at the time, including the jockey Charlie Smirke and the radio commentators Raymond Glendenning and Bruce Belfrage.
Basil Radford as Major Arthur Hill
Jimmy Hanley as Bill Collins
Janette Scott as Susan Hill
A. E. Matthews as Sir Robert Medleigh
Rene Ray as Pam Riley
Hugh Griffith as Harold Temple
Joyce Grenfell as Maggie
Charles Victor as Sam Fisher
Sydney Tafler as Mr. Leon
Charles Lamb as Ernie Smart, Horse Owner
Charles Hawtrey as Lew Rimmel
Alfie Bass as Newspaper seller
Sid James as Bottomley
Kenneth More as Rosedale Film Studio Director
Stuart Latham as Rosedale Film Studio Assistant
Leslie Phillips as Reporter
Michael Ward as Racegoer
Edie Martin as Lady at Meeting
Sam Kydd as Newspaper Vendor
Thora Hird as Tea Stall woman
Ellen Pollock as Horsey Lady
Duncan Lamont as Trainer
"Lambs Green" in the film is actually Belsize Village, London NW3. The cafe in the film was a greengrocer's shop in 2012, but the whole area is easily recognisable.
The race track was filmed at Alexandra Palace, which can be seen briefly in the background.