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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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
The 'driver's cab view' along the track at the beginning of the film was actually filmed by hanging a camera out of the end of the train, then showing the resulting footage backwards: this is why the train appears to be engaging in 'wrong-track' running throughout this section! See more »
The light bulbs in the bus interior set are standard mains voltage type, way beyond the capacity of a bus to power. See more »
First irate farmer:
[confronting the station master about a cancelled train]
I've got a return to Dublin.
Second irate farmer:
And I've got a single to Belfast.
Third irate farmer:
And what am I going to do with my Cork.
[Opens his mouth to reply but thinks better of it and says nothing]
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Will Hay is widely regarded as a comic genius. His looks would never have endeared him to Hollywood, but his timing is immaculate. Oh, Mr Porter! is probably Hay's best film; great characters and a fun story, it gives a wonderful glimpse into how comedies can be built around characterisation and facial gestures rather than vulgarity.
Pure and utter genius, I watched this after Barry Norman included it in his 100 greatest films, and I can see why he loved it so much! The comedy is not like a carry on film - it is far more subtle and observed. The interaction with his two side kicks is spot on, and it is unlikely we will see the like again.
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