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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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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

Will Hay was almost killed by a train during filming. 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

Superintendent: It's a country station, rather off the beaten track.
William Porter: Oh, I don't mind, as long as it's near the railway.
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Connections

Referenced in The Brides of Dracula (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Mr. Porter
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Music by George LeBrunn
Lyrics by Thomas LeBrunn
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British comedy at its very best.
30 November 2003 | by johnson50See all my reviews

One of my all-time favourites.

Silly characters, silly plot.

Supposedly set in Ireland, it was actually filmed on the moribund Basingstoke and Alton Railway in Southern England (note 'Southern' on the tender of the express engine!) I suppose, for its day, it was probably quite innovative with a lot of camera tricks, even though some of the footage is shown in reverse! See the opening credits for instance - British railways drive on the left!

Hay, Marriott and Moffatt are hilariously funny, trotting out well established characters and routines, but no less funny for that, my favourite scene being the one involving Gladstone and the shunting of the carriage - priceless.

If you see it around, watch it, and then check out some of their other films. This was their best but plenty of the others are very funny.


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