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 21/03/2016 | CoffeeQueen68
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Pro A funny and amusing film to watch, great storyline and loved the acting.
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"God forbid if you have a station master like this!"

Moore Marriott who plays Jeremiah Harbottle.

Moore Marriott who plays Jeremiah Harbottle.

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I'm a big fan of these old films. I love going back in time watching old black and white movies. I enjoy seeing how people used to live, what they used to wear, the decor of the homes etc. This is a particularly early film which I shall be reviewing, and films made as early as the 1930's always intrigue me. Although not so many years ago really, it does seem a lifetime ago considering how the world has changed so much since then.
Film Information

Director: Marcel Varnel
Producer: Edward Black
Writers: J.O.C.Orton, Marriott Edgar, Gal Guest
Released: 1937
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Distributed by: Gainsborough Pictures.
Genre: Drama, Comedy.
Main Cast

Will Hay - William Porter
Moore Marriott - Jeremiah Harbottle
Graham Moffatt - Albert
The Film

The film begins with the Minister of Communications cristening a train with a group of high profile people there, and whilst he is giving the speak, William Porter is tapping the wheels of the train. That's his job you see, a wheel tapper. His brother-in-law is Managing Director, and his wife, Williams sister, threatens to have him live with them if he does not give him a better position. So, due to having family members in high places, he is given the job as Station Master at Buggleskelly in Northern Ireland. But William is quite a hapless and accident prone man, so from the beginning, we see this is going to be an amusing film.

Once he arrives in Buggleskelly, we quickly learn that this station is quite isolated and not much at all is there. What I find amusing quite early on in the film is how they have the washing line hanging over the railway line as the trains travel under it. Moore Marriott plays Jeremiah Harbottle, the Deputy Station Master. And Graham Moffatt plays Albert, the Porter. These are the 3 main characters in the film. Although Station Master Porter tries to be bossy and authoritative throughout the film, his plans and ideas usually fall on deaf ears with his two co-workers. Porter, it seems, is one of a long line of Station Masters. There's clocks on the mantel piece in memory of the previous ones. They've either lost their marbles or, in some cases, may of even died. Jeremiah takes pleasure in showing him these large clocks and explaining which one belongs, or belonged, to whom - and the reason why they are no longer there. Jeremiah and Albert reckon the station is haunted by One-Eyed Joe, which is why the previous Station Masters were no longer there, it was due to this ghost that they had such a sad demise.

The plot of the stroryline is really Porter trying to make a go of the Station and get people to use it. There's not many trains that stop there and it has fallen into disrepair. He paints it up, and tries to get the locals in the pub involved by offering an trip to Connemara. A football match is decided upon, but as a fight breaks out, William runs for cover and gets talking to this One Eyed Joe, who buys all the tickets off him for this so called football match. But these criminals have other plans up their sleeves, unbeknown to William of course. The football match is all a cover as under cover criminals make other plans for the railway.

Throughout the course of this film, we see how the hapless Station Master tries to keep things in order and run things properly. There are some comical moments in the film, for instance, when William wakes up (in the train!) and finds a cows head staring at him through the window with Jeremiah milking it. And with these 3, very different characters trying to run the station, we see how they all very nearly get killed by a moving train, fail at successfully running the station, but yet manages to give the viewer lots of laughs along the way.

My Thoughts

Comedy was so much different back then. Although the film is simple with no extravagant effects or visual effects, it's a great film with lots of comedy in it from these 3 men. Will Hay plays an excellent part as the Station Master, and with Jeremiah and his 1 tooth, is an energetic old man who is so dotty, you can't help but laugh. Albert is the youngest of the 3, and with him being so young, it is funny to see him work with these 2 older men. Made in 1937, this is certainly a classic comedy which I very much enjoyed watching.
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You can purchase this DVD on Amazon from £3.60. At the time of writing this review, there are also used copies starting from just £1.25

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Comments on this review

  • IzzyS published 05/11/2016
    Good review.
  • mikemelmak published 31/05/2016
    Agree about old films!
  • CelticSoulSister published 29/05/2016
    Well reviewed!
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The Stationmaster of a derelict Irish halt catches gunrunners posing as ghosts!


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