The Galloping Major (film)
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 Galloping Major|
|Directed by||Henry Cornelius|
|Produced by||Monja Danischewsky|
|Written by||Monja Danischewsky|
A. E. Matthews
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Distributed by||Independent Film Distributors|
|8 May 1951|
|Box office||£153,770 (UK)|
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.
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.
- 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.
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p495
- Harper & Porter p.147
- Murphy p.123
- Harper, Sue & Porter, Vincent. British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Murphy, Robert. Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Companion. British Film Institute, 2006.