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It is the 1890s. Bob Gregson is a young lad who works as a porter at a rural railway station. He is keen to impress the stationmaster who is looking for a successor because he is about to retire. Having fallen in love with a teacher called Harriet Collins, Bob wants to raise money to save the local orphanage where she works and where he was brought up, after he hears that a local businessman, Mr Riorden, wants to sell it as part of a property deal. He discovers a stray Jack Russell terrier in one of the crates of goods that were delivered to the station and finds out that it can perform tricks such as standing on its hind legs because it had previously worked in a circus. "Station Jim" soon becomes a local attraction with the passengers who pay money to see its tricks. Then it is announced that Queen Victoria will be visiting the station. If Bob plays his cards right, maybe he could persuade her to become a patron of the orphanage. Surely Mr Riorden would have second thoughts if she ...Written by
Although there was a dog named Station Jim that was brought to Slough Station in Slough, Berkshire, England on the Great Western Railway as a 3 month old puppy in 1894 and was put to work performing tricks to collect money for the railway's Widows and Orphans Fund, the BBC movie dog and story line are not based on the true story. See more »
[talking about Harriet Collins]
What does she look like?
Well, she reminds me of an Armstrong Class 592 (steam locomotive).
So she's attractive, then?
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What a wonderful movie. There is no female nudity (what a relief), no cursing, no coarse American culture in it. There are some scary moments in it that might frighten children and frightened me somewhat, but after all of that there is a happy ending, which is refreshing. The film quality is surprisingly clear and realistic. The children are adorable. The trained dog is amazing. Thomas Sangster is so very adorable as Henry, an orphan who attaches to Jim. According to a special feature included on the DVD, which you should read, this is based on a real dog that did live and perform at a railway station to raise money for an orphanage. I highly recommend this film to people who love dogs, Victoriana, British good manners and 19th century costumes.
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