Calling All Cars (1954 film)

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Calling All Cars
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Directed by Maclean Rogers
Written byCharles Robinson
Produced by E. J. Fancey
Starring Spike Milligan
Cardew Robinson
John Fitzgerald
Adrienne Scott
Release date
  • 1954 (1954)
Running time
Country United Kingdom

Calling All Cars is a 1954 short film directed by Maclean Rogers, starring Cardew Robinson and John Fitzgerald. The film also features Spike Milligan voicing the thoughts of "Freddie", an old taxicab featured in the film.


Something of a curiosity, the film is a mixture of semi-documentary about the port of Dover and a comedy about two young men who decide to chat up two girls and follow them to Dover in an old taxicab.



The two principal actresses stop for tea, en route to Dover, at the former "Fantail" restaurant building in Locksbottom, Kent.

Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "This second feature wavers curiously between farce and sequences which look as though they were devised to publicise the Dover Harbour car terminal. A fairly lengthy section, accompanied by some painfully facetious cross-talk between Reggie and his friend, deals factually with the construction of the terminal; for the rest, the film provides some remarkably unamusing adventures on the Dover Road." [1]

Chibnall and McFarlane in The British 'B' Film called the film: "a poor man's Genevieve (1953) filmed at the Dover Harbour car terminal." [2]

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  1. "Calling All Cars". The Monthly Film Bulletin . 21 (240): 72. 1 January 1954 via ProQuest.
  2. Chibnall, Steve; McFarlane, Brian (2009). The British 'B' Film. London: BFI/Bloomsbury. p. 119. ISBN   978-1-8445-7319-6.