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Wee Geordie (1955)

Geordie (original title)
Geordie is a Scots lad sent to the Melbourne Olympics to represent Britain in Hammer-Throwing. He insists on wearing his kilt...

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Geordie MacTaggart
Paul Young ...
Young Geordie
Norah Gorsen ...
Jean
Anna Ferguson ...
Young Jean
Miles Malleson ...
Lord Paunceton
Brian Reece ...
Olympic Selector
Raymond Huntley ...
Olympic Selector
Doris Goddard ...
Helga
Jameson Clark ...
Geordie's Father
Molly Urquhart ...
Geordie's Mother
Jack Radcliffe ...
The Minister
Duncan Macrae ...
Schoolmaster
Stanley Baxter ...
Postman
Alex Mackenzie ...
Macrimmon
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Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies for a mail-order body building course, successfully gaining both height and strength. At the age of 21, he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, and is selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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The first two establishing shots of Geordie's arrival in Australia show Sydney Harbour and the bridge;, before showing a shot of Melbourne. The Olympic Games were held in Melbourne and it is likely that the ships bringing athletes would have gone directly to Melbourne. See more »

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Quotes

The Laird: Never shoot Kestrels, George. They're wonderful birds and do a power of good.
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a real charmer
24 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One can only agree with most of the reviewers who found this film so utterly delightful. Which, of course, it is. I note that some sort of DVD release of the film is scheduled for September, 2008 but I am apprehensive that the quality of this release might not be that great. I hope I am wrong, of course.

Contrary to the opinion of one writer this film was beautifully photographed in the original, wonderful Technicolor process, not in black and white, as was erroneously stated. Those lucky enough to see an original Technicolor print are lucky indeed for the colour cinematography was one of the best things about that movie. Nowadays that the old Technicolor "imbibition" process is no longer used (it ceased in 1977) we are mostly left with pale, washed-out poor colour prints of this great movie. That is why I fear this upcoming DVD release may be a sad disappointment.

It is a pity that the original studio (British Lion/Columbia/Sony) doesn't spend a few dollars by going back to the film negative and giving us a nice restored version, as is done with so many other older films. Look what Warner Brothers recently did restoring the old 1937 Technicolor "Robin Hood" for DVD: it looks like the film was shot yesterday. And the same thing could be done to nearly every old Technicolor film, if the studios would make the effort.

"Wee Geordie" is a terrific film, so let's hope it one day gets a new lease on life with a proper transfer to DVD.


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