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Miss MacTaggart Won't Lie Down (1966)

| Short, Comedy
Everyone thinks Jeannie MacTaggart is a ghost when she arrives back in town after a visit to Glasgow. Her visiting twin who died during a visit and they thought it was her. So she goes about proving who she is and restoring her name.



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Complete credited cast:
Jean MacTaggart
Eric Woodburn ...
Mr. John Morrison
Andrew Downie ...
Sgt MacLeod
Jack Lambert ...
Lord Longbrae
Tim Barrett ...
Patrick Jordan ...
Frank Sieman ...
Katharine Page ...
Laurie Leigh ...
Pat Mason ...
Mrs. Murray
Fred McNaughton
Joe Ritchie ...
News vendor
Gordon Waine
Adam Ellis


Everyone thinks Jeannie MacTaggart is a ghost when she arrives back in town after a visit to Glasgow. She is supposed to be dead. But it was her twin sister, come to visit who has died. So she has to go about proving who she is. They have buried a "spitting image" in the local graveyard. Yes, it was her twin sister who was buried. Changing the headstone should be easy. Changing the death record might not be quite so easy. Once a death certificate is signed and entries are made in the records, there is no way on earth to change it. And since it has been recorded all the way to London, it just can't be changed. So, as far as the law is concerned, she is not alive. What to do. Now that she is "dead" she figures out she can break the law at will because she is already dead. So her crime spree commences. Since she is "dead" she cannot draw money out of her closed account. Breaking a window at the police station. Bagpipes at midnight? Didn't work. Steal a car? Steal the royal tiara when the...

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Genteel Scottish comedy short
13 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MISS MACTAGGART WON'T LIE DOWN is a short comic effort from prolific director Francis Searle, here working at the tail-end of his career. It's a genteel effort with a Scottish setting about a kindly old woman who arrives in her home town to find that she's technically dead (her twin sister died and was mistaken for her).

The old lady becomes increasingly frustrated by the lack of recognition and turns to crime to regain her identity. Although the running time is just 30 minutes, there's a lot of incident packed into the length of this short feature and it's quite amusing too. The cast are obviously enjoying themselves and who are we to criticise them? This picture tends to be a lot funnier than Searle's other short efforts from the period.

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