The Runaway Bus Film Review
The actors & characters in the film
About the film
The Runaway Bus is another one of them classic films that is perfect to watch when the weather is cold and miserable. Make a mug of coffee, get comfortable on the couch and sit down to watch a film is my idea of bliss. A heavy and thick fog has fallen over much of southern England, which has put a stop to any flights entering or taking off from Heathrow Airport. Cynthia Beeston is a very headstrong and outspoken woman. So when she is told that all the flights have been cancelled, she is adamant that she must be taken to Blackbushe Airport, where she may be able to catch a flight to Dublin. She persuades the B.O.A.C (British Overseas Airways Corporation) to transport her and a few other people to Blackbushe Airport.
Percy Lamb, played by Frankie Howerd, is hired as the relief driver to take them to the airport. They are ushered onto coach 13 where they are to be transported in the thick fog. Little do the people on the bus know that this is £200,000 worth of gold bars hidden in the boot of the bus. And also, that one of the passengers is the villain. When the police eventually find where the gold bars are hidden, they have a number of problems. First and foremost, they have to try and locate where the bus is. Percy informs them that he is lost, so this is problematic. And also they have to talk to Percy over the radio system in the bus. Percy isn't the most patient of people and is often short with them.
But what we see is a typically quintessentially British film where a group of the most unlikely of people are somehow put together on a bus in thick fog to get to an airport that might take them some place else. And to top it all, there's a villain and a stash of gold to top it all off.
I've always like Margaret Rutherford as an actress. In fact, she is the reason I watched this film because I saw her in it. I didn't know that Frankie Howerd was in it though, so to see these two people acting together was surprisingly nice. Margaret played a strong, forthright person who isn't scared to say what she thinks or what she wants. I found the storyline interesting, and kept me watching to the end to see what happens. With Frankie Howerd in it, you are bound to get some comical moments in it. And indeed you do with his trademark ooooo's and groans. And being assigned the job of relief bus driver, you can expect plenty of antics from him. Especially with all problems he has to face with the horrid weather and criminals on the bus. The bus is aptly named coach 13, being the unlucky number.
What I like is that there's no bad language in the film. I don't like films that has too much vulgarity in it. So, although considered a crime film, I like the fact there's no bad language in it and little violence. It was also nice, I thought, to see a young Petula Clarke in it playing Lee Nicholls, assigned the job of looking after the passengers on the bus. She's well known as a singer, but I don't know much of her acting career.
All in all, this is an interesting classic old film to sit down and watch. The acting is strong, and the storyline I enjoyed.
© 2018 Louise Powles