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The Runaway Bus (DVD)

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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1954 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Val Guest / Actors: Frankie Howerd, Margaret Rutherford, Petula Clark, Belinda Lee ... / DVD released 2006-10-16 at Pickwick Group Limited / Features of the DVD: Black & White, PAL

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      27.03.2009 21:39
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      Shame about the quality, but worth a look

      Well, what a shame, is all I can say! Okay I can say more...

      The original of this film I saw years ago on TV, and it was pretty good, led by Frankie Howerd in one of (if not THE) earliest performances of his career (the film was released originally in 1954). I was keen to see the film based on his being in it, and because it also has Margaret Rutherford, one of my favourite actresses in it too.

      The plot is essentially that Frankie Howerd's character is a bus driver, and due to foggy condition, he must take a bus of air passengers via road from one airport to the next. The consequences are quite hilarious, although a few of the best scenes were unfortuately cut from the DVD version. Another note regarding the difference between the original and the DVD version is the quality of the film, which to be honest is not grate on the DVD. I did find this very disappointing, though of course the film is still watchable.

      So back to the plot, one of the passengers is a thief, and aboard the bus is the stolen gold bullion, and so this makes for the bus being pursued by police etc.

      Despite the poor quality, I enjoyed the film, as I really love movies of this type, it reminded me of some of the old Will Hay films a bit, which I am also a fan of.

      Some might say save your money, but I see that the DVD is available for only about £3-£4, which I think is fair. The film runs for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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