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The Mailbag Robbery (1957)

The Flying Scot (original title)
Ronnie, earning very little from his own exploits, gathers together a band of villains to carry out a robbery on 'The Flying Scotsman' passenger train. The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Norman Hudis (screenplay), Jan Read (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Patterson ... Ronnie
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Jackie
Alan Gifford ... Phil
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Middle-Aged lady
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... Gibbs
Jeremy Bodkin Jeremy Bodkin ... Charlie, the boy
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Guard
Margaret Gordon Margaret Gordon ... Drunk's Wife
John Lee ... Young Man
Kerry Jordan Kerry Jordan ... Drunk
John Dearth ... Father
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Storyline

Ronnie, earning very little from his own exploits, gathers together a band of villains to carry out a robbery on 'The Flying Scotsman' passenger train. The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.

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Taglines:

Fantastic Robbery on the Mile-a-Minute Express See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mailbag Robbery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Phil is trying to break into the adjoining compartment in the railway carriage, he drills a series of holes in a ring around the edge of the wooden panel. At one point, the drill bit breaks. In the next shot, after he has replaced the broken bit with a new one, there are fewer holes, showing that this is an earlier shot from before the one where the drill bit broke. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Flying Scotsman (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

The Red Parasol Rumba
(uncredited)
Music by Howard Shaw (i.e. Malcolm Lockyer)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Do The Locomotion
9 May 2019 | by kalbimasseySee all my reviews

An entertaining British thriller, which illustrates how the most brilliantly conceived, meticulously planned crime can begin to go pear-shaped once a few imponderables find their way into the mix. The over zealous guard, interfering passengers,( the inevitable drunk, the kid from Hell and the winner of a Richard Wattis look-alike contest) and an unfamiliar interior coach design rendering the loot almost impenetrable all conspire to make the task far more challenging than originally imagined. That's before even considering the self-inflicted wound. Why you would include a gang member who's half dead with an ulcer is any ones guess!

Lastly, for those of us who spent our formative years in the days of steam; it appears that the same train, making the same journey on the same track is hauled by at least three different locomotives. That's library footage for you.


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