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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 The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.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 The train is carrying withdrawn bank notes from Scotland to London to be destroyed.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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mailbag Robbery See more »

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Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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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

Dance Date
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Music by Howard Shaw (i.e. Malcolm Lockyer)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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A snappy, more than watchable heist thriller
7 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE FLYING SCOT is an engagingly low budget little heist movie set on board a train, where a gang of criminals are planning to steal money from the Royal Mail carriage by accessing it from an adjoining compartment. The film has a clever little set-up which sees the plan played out as the thieves would wish before it moves to the real world, where unsurprisingly things are far more unexpected and complex.

I was surprised and delighted to find out that this is a fast-paced and snappy little thriller that wrings maximum tension out of the premise. B-movie director Compton Bennett's direction is assured and CARRY ON scriptwriter Norman Hudis delivers a story that's full of engaging characters and unpredictable sub-plots.

Most of the story is set inside the single compartment of a train and yet it remains lively and interesting. Lee Patterson (JACK THE RIPPER) is the imported American star and a really volatile hot head when it comes down to it, although other characters are more relaxed. THE FLYING SCOT is one of those films that keeps you guessing as to the eventual outcome, and when it does eventually arrive you haven't been disappointed for a moment.


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