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Reel Britannia

May 14, 2020

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

Episode 072 – Oh Mr Porter (1937)

Our latest episode with Scott and Steven plus special guest, Mark from The Good The Bad And The Odd Podcast features our first Will Hay movie, Oh Mr Porter (1937)


In this classic British comedy, William Porter (Will Hay) is an accident-prone railroad employee whose sister and brother-in-law arrange for him to be made stationmaster at a run-down rail stop in rural Ireland. She wants to give William a chance to make good, hoping this will keep him far, far away. William arrives at Buggleskelly Station to discover that the last five stationmasters all went mad -- and that the ghost of One-Eyed Joe Miller supposedly haunts the building. Will meets his new co-workers, aging Jeremiah (Moore Marriott) and teenaged Albert (Graham Moffatt), and discovers that they supplement their meagre income by boosting baggage from passing trains. William hopes to increase business by fixing up the station, and he arranges for an excursion by a local football team. Unbeknownst to him, the footballers are actually criminals, and he's just made British Rail accomplices in a gun-running ring. Oh, Mr. Porter! was an early credit for co-screenwriter Val Guest, who went on to a long and distinguished career as a writer, director, and producer.

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