With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.
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Through the influence of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster the sleepy Irish station of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.Written by
Will Hay is widely regarded as a comic genius. His looks would never have endeared him to Hollywood, but his timing is immaculate. Oh, Mr Porter! is probably Hay's best film; great characters and a fun story, it gives a wonderful glimpse into how comedies can be built around characterisation and facial gestures rather than vulgarity.
Pure and utter genius, I watched this after Barry Norman included it in his 100 greatest films, and I can see why he loved it so much! The comedy is not like a carry on film - it is far more subtle and observed. The interaction with his two side kicks is spot on, and it is unlikely we will see the like again.
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