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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.

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Marcel Varnel

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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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Storyline

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

The engine "Gladstone" (1854) was built in 1899 for the Kent & East Sussex Railway and called "Northiam" . You can see her real number "2" on the buffer beams. See more »

Goofs

When Harbottle moves the engine off its whistle is heard, but neither he nor Porter pull the whistle cord. See more »

Quotes

Postman: You're wasting your time.
Porter: Well, what are you doing?
Postman: Just watching you wasting your time.
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Connections

Edited into The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Mr. Porter
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Music by George LeBrunn
Lyrics by Thomas LeBrunn
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Oh, Mr Porter!
26 January 2005 | by stelongbow-1See all my reviews

'Oh, Mr Porter!' is seen as possible the most popular of the many films made staring Wil Hay. The team of three (Graham Moffat, Moore Marriot and Hay) seem to fit together well leading each other to witty and well perform punchlines that capture the spirit of the early black and white comedy genre. The tale, based on the placement of a lack lustre station manager at a sleepy backwater station in Ireland, is the perfect setting for Hay to act out his famous role as the bumbling but likable head of operations. Assisted by Marriot and Moffat the three find themselves embroiled in a gun running plot and the ghost of the old miller. Great fun and a reflection of an era long gone.


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