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Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  August 1950 (Austria)
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With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.

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Percy Walsh ...
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Dennis Wyndham ...
Grogan
Dave O'Toole ...
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Through the influence of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster the sleepy Irish station of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Trivia

The railway map of Northern Ireland seen is authentic, but the name Buggleskelly has been added to the dot for Lisnaskea station, without deleting the name Lisnaskea. See more »

Goofs

The glasses into which One-eyed Joe pours whiskey during his chat with Porter are not the ones used for the remainder of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[William Porter is wheel-tapping a train]
Managing director's wife: You may think me a little stupid but why do they tap them?
William Porter: Well, you see madam, it's like this. If I tap the wheel with this hammer and the wheel goes clang, then I know that the wheel's there.
Managing director: But supposing that the wheel doesn't go clang?
William Porter: Well, then I know that the train's gone!
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Spoofed in Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (1989) See more »

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Oh, Mr. Porter
(uncredited)
Music by George LeBrunn
Lyrics by Thomas LeBrunn
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You most definitely won't be Wasting Your Time!
21 March 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This has to be the all time best British comedy film, filmed quickly and cheaply as usual. Since I was a kid in the early '70's I've seen it more times than any other film except the Wizard of Oz and maybe the Big Sleep - see it once a year and it still seems amazingly fresh and funny. It's always been one of my daughters' favourite films, so I know it's not just me and similar oldies. And yet it doesn't appear in any of the American film books I've read, I can only surmise they don't show it in the US. It's their terrible loss, and I would urge all fun loving Americans to hunt down and view a copy!

Rundown railway station gets rundown railway station master and staff, up against gun smugglers and the ghost of One Eyed Joe. British humour maybe, but completely clean and non offensive if paradoxically also a little non PC - not like today! Fast and frantic, there's more gags a minute than most (if not all) other film comedies from any country or era. What a Golden Age it would have been if all pre-War British films could have been like this, instead of the quota quickies they churned out.

Will Hay/Moore Marriott/Graham Moffatt/Marcel Varnel/Gainsborough's masterpiece for succeeding discerning generations to discover and cherish.


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