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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...

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

David Walker (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... The Laird
Bill Travers ... Geordie Mac Taggart
Paul Young Paul Young ... Young Geordie Mac Taggart
Norah Gorsen Norah Gorsen ... Jean Donaldson
Anna Ferguson Anna Ferguson ... Young Jean Donaldson
Miles Malleson ... Lord Paunceton
Brian Reece Brian Reece ... Olympic Selector
Raymond Huntley ... Olympic Selector
Doris Goddard ... Helga
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Geordie's Father
Molly Urquhart Molly Urquhart ... Geordie's Mother
Jack Radcliffe Jack Radcliffe ... The Minister Rev. McNab
Duncan Macrae ... Schoolmaster
Stanley Baxter ... Postman
Alex Mackenzie ... Macrimmon
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Storyline

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 reelstreets

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Greater than "THE QUIET MAN", more heartwarming than "LILI"! See more »

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Trivia

The first two establishing shots of Geordie's arrival in Australia show Sydney Harbour and the bridge, before showing a shot of Melbourne. The Olympic Games were held in Melbourne and it is likely that the ships bringing athletes would have gone directly to Melbourne. 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, Norah is wet, then dry, then wet again. and as they walk away the bottom of her dress is seen to be wet whilst her top is obviously dry. See more »

Quotes

Postman: Do ye know thought that came to me on the way up?
Geordie: What?
Postman: You're a big fella sure enough, but maybe almighty providence would've made you just as big if you'd never done any exercises at all.
Geordie: That's no very likely.
Postman: No, but it's a comical thought.
Geordie: I wouldnee say comical. The exercises was a big expense.
Postman: [laughs as he rides off on his bicycle] Aye!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE PLACE: Scotland

THE TIME: Yesterday

and Today-with a wee peep at Tomorrow. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Highland Laddie
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by William Alwyn
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Wonderful low-key Comedy about big Scot who gets the gold at the Melbourne Olympics
2 October 2000 | by jsobreSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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