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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Laird
... Geordie MacTaggart
Paul Young ... Young Geordie
Norah Gorsen ... Jean Donaldson
Anna Ferguson ... Young Jean
... Lord Paunceton
Brian Reece ... Harley, Olympic Selector
... Rawlins, Olympic Selector
Doris Goddard ... Helga
Jameson Clark ... Geordie's Father
Molly Urquhart ... Geordie's Mother
Jack Radcliffe ... The Minister Rev. McNab
... 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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Trivia

The reporter asking for Geordie's details after the rescue says he is from the "Melbourne Sun'. The next day at the Games the paper showing the story is the 'Melbourne Argus', another of the three morning papers published in Melbourne at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Bill Travers and Norah Gorsen fall into the river. When they get out of the river, Noarah is wet, then dry, then wet again. See more »

Quotes

Olympic selector: You will represent England in the Olympics.
Geordie: Why would I want to do that?
Olympic selector: He means Great Britain.
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Opening credits prologue: THE PLACE: Scotland

THE TIME: Yesterday and Today-with a wee peep at Tomorrow. See more »

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Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) See more »

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Radetzky March
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Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
Arranged by Norman Richardson
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Wonderful low-key Comedy about big Scot who gets the gold at the Melbourne Olympics
2 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Farm boy Rulon Gardner's fabulous win at the Sydney Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling is almost a real-life incarnation of the hero of "Wee Geordie." Goerdie, the hero of this wonderful low-key comedy, starts out as an undersized little boy in rural Scotland, who grows up to be very big indeed. He takes up hammer-throwing after completing a physical-culture courst that converts him from 99 lb. weakling to "Charles Atlas." And, of course, he ends up in the 1956 Olympics, wearing his kilt and throwing for the gold.

I saw this film as a kid when it first came out, and was lucky enough to see it on television about a decade ago--and it had lost none of its charm. What with Rulon and Sydney, it's time to bring out this wonderful comedy on Video/DVD. Alistair Sim is a wonderful laird and Bill Travers plays the ultra-grown-up Geordie. It's really funny in the way of Brit comedies of the era.


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