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Ramsbottom Rides Again

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Ramsbottom Rides Again
Directed byJohn Baxter
Written by
  • Basil Thomas
  • John Baxter
Based onplay
by Harold G. Robert
Produced byJohn Baxter
Barbara K. Emary
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byVi Burdon
Music byBilly Ternent
Jack Hylton Productions
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • June 1956 (1956-06)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£109,116 (UK)[1]

Ramsbottom Rides Again is a 1956 British western comedy film produced and directed by John Baxter, starring Arthur Askey, Sid James, Shani Wallis, Betty Marsden and Jerry Desmonde. It was written by Basil Thomas and John Baxter, basd on a play by Harold G. Robert, with additional comedy scenes and dialogue by Arthur Askey, Glenn Melvyn and Geoffrey Orme.[2]

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Yorkshire pub owner Bill Ramsbottom is finding the introduction of the "telly" has ruined his business at the "Bull & Cow". When he receives a cable from Canada, and learns that his grandfather "Wild Bill" Ramsbottom has left his estate to him, he confers with his family before deciding to set off for the frontier town of Lonesome in Canada to claim his inheritance.

When all the family fortune is gathered together, there is not enough money to pay for tickets on a steamship for everyone. Ramsbottom and his mate, Charlie Watson, stow away in big steamer trunks but are discovered by the crew. Made to work their passage, Charlie and Ramsbottom end up as culinary servers on the voyage. When the captain realizes that "Wild Bill" Ramsbottom's grandson is aboard, he allows him to travel as a passenger.

Arriving at Lonesome, Ramsbottom learns that part of his bequeathment, is that he is the new proprietor of the saloon, which also comes with the job of deputy sheriff in the lawless town. The feared outlaw Black Jake also claims he owns the saloon, but more importantly, wants to locate a hidden map that points the way to a uranium mine on Indian territory.

Ramsbottom and Black Jake have a confrontation at the saloon where the outlaw is arrested, but is later set free. When the map turns up, Charlie and Ramsbottom head off into Indian lands to locate the uranium mine. They run into Indian chief Blue Eagle and the local tribe.

When Black Jake rounds up his gang, a shootout takes place at the saloon. With the help of townspeople and the RCMP, Ramsbotttom is successful in defeating the outlaws and establishing peace in the town.


Sabrina received a special billing, despite her minor role.


Ramsbottom Rides Again was filmed at Beaconsfield Film Studios, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.[3] The animated opening scene shows a Yorkshire landscape of homes with television aerials popping up, setting up the initial conundrum for the Bull & Cow pub.


Frankie Vaughan, in his film debut, sings "This is the Night" and "Ride, Ride, Ride Again."[4]

Critical reception

In British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928–1959 David Quinlan rated the film as "average", writing: "Broad English version of Destry Rides Again [1939], on the juvenile side; Jerry Desmonde very funny as Indian named Blue Eagle."[5]

TV Guide gave Ramsbottom Rides Again one out of four stars, calling it "A barely funny British parody of the American western."[6]

Britmovie called it " laboured and overlong."[7]

Sky Movies rated it three out of five stars, and wrote, "There are quite a few laughs in this broad English version of Destry Rides Again ... Lots of good-natured, juvenile fun ... with Sidney James getting in some practice for his Rumpo Kid in Carry On Cowboy [1965] by playing Black Jake. Norman Wisdom's sidekick Jerry Desmonde is very funny as an Indian named Blue Eagle."[8]


  1. ^ Porter, Vincent. "The Robert Clark Account." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 20, No 4, 2000, p. 509.
  2. ^ "Ramsbottom Rides Again". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Details: 'Ramsbottom Rides Again' (1956)." IMDb. Retrieved: 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of 50s Music. Virgin Books. p. 207. ISBN 978-1852279370.
  5. ^ Quinlan, David (1984). British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928–1959. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. p. 364. ISBN 0-7134-1874-5.
  6. ^ "Review: 'Ramsbottom Rides Again'." TV Guide, 2016. Retrieved: 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Review: 'Ramsbottom Rides Again' 1956." Archived 8 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Britmovie. Retrieved: 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Review: 'Ramsbottom Rides Again'.", 2016. Retrieved: 31 August 2016.

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