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Vintage Speedway Footage From ‘Once A Jolly Swagman’ 1948

Submitted by on July 26, 2010

Check out this tremendous clip from the 1948 film Once a Jolly Swagman. Given the era, the on-board footage is sensational and leaves you wanting more.

Here is the blurb about the film according to OVGuide.com

Once a Jolly Swagman is the story of Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde), a factory worker who dreams of fame and fortune as speedway 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 rider Tommy Possey. The speedway sequences are excellent. Though only his second film, Once a Jolly Swagman was Dirk Bogarde’s first starring assignment.”

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