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Scotch on the Rocks (1953)

Laxdale Hall (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 1954 (USA)
A parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Matheson
Kathleen Ryan ...
Catriona Matheson
Jean Colin ...
Roderick McLeod
Grace Gavin ...
Mrs. McLeod
Keith Faulkner ...
Peter McLeod
Morag McLeod
Kynaston Reeves ...
Nell Ballantyne ...
Nurse Connachy
Roddy McMillan ...
Willie John Watt (as Roddy Macmillan)
Meg Buchanan ...
Mrs. McKellaig


A parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst them, the visitors come to appreciate the locals' lifestyle. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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5 June 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Prunella Scales. See more »


Norman rides his bicycle in the rain to the shop where he intends to send the telegram informing the poachers that the river will be full of fish due to the rain, but when he enters the shop his clothes are dry. See more »


[Mr and Mrs Pettigrew, Mr Marvel and Mr Flett are on the ferry to Laxdale, and are admiring the scenery]
Hugh Marvell, M.P.: Almost takes your breath away, doesn't it?
Lucy Pettigrew: Those mountains frighten me. They're so big.
Andrew Flett: That's Skye over there.
Hugh Marvell, M.P.: Yes, and beyond, nothing but the Atlantic.
Lucy Pettigrew: Isn't it lovely?
Samuel Pettigrew, M.P.: Personally, I disapprove of scenery. It encourages people to be lazy.
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Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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A tip-top old Scottish comedy
31 January 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I was told many years ago that this film did not do well at the box office. Perhaps it was too Scottish for non-Scottish audiences! "Laxdale Hall" has been a favourite of mine ever since I first saw it, probably when first released. The age-old theme of Locals-v-Government always goes down well, but it is the characters who really make this film - Kynaston Reeves as the thundering minister with a passion for Macbeth, Prunella Scales as the village schoolmistress (in her first film role, but later better known as Basil's 'nest of vipers' Sybil in 'Fawlty Towers'), and best of all Roddy Macmillan as Willie-John the permanently-pessimistic undertaker who keeps expecting his father's body to be brought from the mainland by ferry but receives something else instead.

The smoothie MP sent from London wants the residents of Laxdale to up sticks and move to a fine new town going by the name of Drumleydubs. The locals are for none of this, and... well, you'll chust have to see for yourself! My favourite quotation came from Meg Buchanan during a downpour. One of the London visitors commented on the foul weather, and she told him, "I wass in London once, and they said it wass raining, but, och, you would neffer have noticed." it was probably a downpour to the Sessenachs!

!!! - - - GOOD NEWS - - - !!! LAXDALE HALL NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD from Panamint Cinema, West Lothian, Scotland - panamint.co.uk

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