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Basil Radford is cast superbly to type as The Galloping Major. The story
concerns the efforts by retired Major Arthur Hill (Radford) to purchase a
valuable race horse.
He manages to attain financial backing from 300 fellow racing enthusiasts - and
then messes things up for all concerned by buying the wrong horse.
Persevering, Major Hill enters the steed in the Grand National, whereupon the
horse disappears on the eve of the big event. The comic frustrations faced by
the Major and his creditors are played effectively for light chuckles rather
than belly laughs.
The cast includes such polished farceurs as Hugh Griffith, Joyce Grenfell (a
favorite of director Henry Cornelius, as witness Genevieve), Sydney Tafler, Sid
James, and Alfie Bass.
Basil Radford ... Major
Jimmy Hanley ... Bill Collins, Bus Driver
Janette Scott ... Susan Hill, Arthur's Daughter
A.E. Matthews ... Sir Robert Medleigh
René Ray ... Pam Riley
Hugh Griffith ... Harold Temple, Process Server
Joyce Grenfell ... Maggie the Waitress
Charles Victor ... Sam Fisher
Sydney Tafler ... Mr. Leon
Julien Mitchell ... Sergeant Adair
Charles Lamb ... Ernie Smart, Horse Owner
Charles Hawtrey ... Lew Rimmel
Kenneth Evans ... Bert
Alfie Bass ... Charlie - the newsboy
Sid James ... Bottomley - the bookmaker
Based on a story by Basil Radford.