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Once a Jolly Swagman is the story of Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde), a factory worker who dreams of fame and fortune as motorbike racer. After the standard romantic complications with "right" and "wrong" girl, the film arrives at its central crisis: Fox's attempts to organize a driver's union, and the repercussions he suffers because of this activity. The dedicated-but-dour Dirk Bogarde is complemented by Bonar Colleano, essaying another of his "wise guy Yank" characterizations as driver Tommy Possey. The speedway sequences are excellent. Though only his second film, Once a Jolly Swagman was Dirk Bogarde's first starring assignment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dirk Bogarde
as Bill Fox
Bonar Colleano
as Tommy Possey
Bill Owen
as Lag Gibbon
Thora Hird
as Ma Fox
James Hayter
as Pa Fox
Patric Doonan
as Dick
Moira Lister
as Dotty Liz
Sidney James
as Rowton
Dudley Jones
as Taffy
Cyril Cusack
as Duggie


Ian Dalrymple
Montague Slater
Book Author
Jack Harris
Fred Pusey
Art Director