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Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

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.

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Frank Launder (original story), J.O.C. Orton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... William Porter
Moore Marriott ... Jeremiah Harbottle
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith ... Mr. Trimbletow
Agnes Lauchlan Agnes Lauchlan ... Mrs. Trimbletow
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Superintendent
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Grogan
Dave O'Toole Dave O'Toole ... The Postman
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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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangstertrain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording System at Islington London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cliddesden railway station on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway was used in the production as Buggleskelly, the station was closed to passengers in 1932 then to freight in 1936 eventually being demolished after filming had ended 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

Jeremiah Harbottle: [pocket watch to ear, it having been flattened by a train, exclaims in surprise] It's stopped!
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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

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Oh, Mr. Porter
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Music by George LeBrunn
Lyrics by Thomas LeBrunn
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how comedies can be funny and not vulgar
1 June 2005 | by Scotthannaford1See all my reviews

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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