The Galloping Major


Directed By

Henry Cornelius


The Galloping Major was based on a story idea by British comedic actor Basil Radford, and would turn out to be his swansong as an actor. Directed and produced by Ealing stalwarts Henry Cornelius (I Am a Camera, Passport to Pimlico) and Monja Danichewsky, The Galloping Major was made by Romulus Films, but owes so much to it’s creators’ former studio, not least a whimsical charm and story championing the underdog

After a successful day at the races, Major Arthur Hill (Basil Radford) and Harold Temple (Hugh Griffith) decide to raise a £300 syndicate to buy a certain racehorse. With excited help from their friends they get the money, but things don’t go so smoothly from here. First, they accidently buy the wrong horse which proves to have more of an affinity for jumping than racing. They then decide to train it themselves as a jumper under the new name “The Galloping Major”. However, on the night before the Grand National, the horse mysteriously disappears…

Alongside Basil Radford (The Captive Heart, Whisky Galore!) features a stellar cast including Jimmy Hanley (The Blue Lamp, The Captive Heart), Hugh Griffith (Oliver!, Kind Hearts and Coronets), Janette Scott (School for Scoundrels, As Long as They’re Happy), A.E. Matthews (Laughter in Paradise, Whisky Galore!) and Charles Victor (The Ringer, Major Barbara).

Basil Radford, Jimmy Hanley, Janette Scott, A.E. Matthews, Rene Ray, Hugh Griffith, Joyce Grenfell
Other Credits

Based on an original story by Basil Radford
Porduced by Monja Danichewsky

Release Date
8 August 2022

New Locations featurette with Historian Richard Dacre
New Betting On Success – Matthew Sweet On The Galloping Major
Stills Gallery

Restoration Details

For the 2022 restoration of The Galloping Major, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original camera negative which was scanned and restored in 4K to produce a brand new HD master

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