Will Hay - Oh Mr Porter (DVD)

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Will Hay - Oh Mr Porter (DVD)

The Stationmaster of a derelict Irish halt catches gunrunners posing as ghosts!

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Review of "Will Hay - Oh Mr Porter (DVD)"

published 03/11/2005 | pittodriefaithful
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"Oh Mr Porter what a funny man you are..."

This is, in my opinion, Will Hay's best film. Will Hay plays the lead character - William Porter - a clumsy railway porter who longs to be a station master.

The railway try to sack him due to his continuous cock-ups but his sister, who is married to the Railway Superintendant, tells her husband "Either you give Willie a job or he comes to live with us"
There is a position available at Buggleskelly in Ireland which has gone through 5 stationmasters recently with no explanation..
--Superintendant - "What happened to the last one?"
--Clerk - "I don't know sir, but I know we sent a wreath."
Needless to say, the delighted Superintendant offers Porter the job straight away!

Buggleskelly is an old deserted station which is said to be haunted by One-Eyed Joe. Upon arrival in the pouring rain in the middle of the night, Porter knocks on the ticket window to be greated by toothless old man Jeremiah Harbottle(Moore Marriott) who tells him very sharply "The next train's gone!". Marriott is the deputy stationmaster and there is also chubby young loud-mouthed porter Albert(Graham Moffatt). They both survive by stealing goods from the railway (chickens, pigs etc) and, for me, these guys really steal the show.
Porter attempts to revive his station by stopping passing trains without warning and renovating the appearance of the station with a coat of paint. Many hilarious scenes follow, mainly with Marriott and Moffatt laughing at Porter for his pathetic efforts and there are some memorable quotes such as:

-Porter: [sniffs] Is something burning somewhere?
-Harbottle: That would be Albert, cooking the breakfast.
-Porter: Smells more like somebody cooking Albert.

-First irate farmer: [confronting the station master about a cancelled train] I've got a return to Dublin.
-Second irate farmer: And I've got a single to Belfast.
-Third irate farmer: And what am I going to do with my Cork.
-Porter: [Opens his mouth to reply but thinks better of it and says nothing]

Porter finally tries to persuade some of the locals to use his train service one night in the local pub, but only ends up arranging an excursion for the local football team after unknowingly meeting One Eyed Joe the Miller. Unknown to Porter is that the football team are in reality a gang of gunrunners. When his arranged train departs with the football team it becomes lost on the branch line, and everybody believes there was no train and that Porter has either seen the ghost train or lost his mind like the previous stationmasters. But Hay refuses to accept this excuse and proceeds to trace his lost train, and so ensues a fantastically accelerated locomotive chase when the gunrunners make off with his train. Porter pursues them and finds a number of inventive ways of stopping the train including sending albert onto the top of the carriages with a spade to whack the criminals heads when they look out of the windows.

Overall, this is a classic piece of British comedy and something everyone can watch. The only downside is that the dvd only contains the film and nothing else. Although I wouldn't have expected outtakes etc from a film made in 1937, I'm sure that something else could have been included eg documentaries on railways or a biography of the stars.

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The Stationmaster of a derelict Irish halt catches gunrunners posing as ghosts!

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