A railway comedy [story by Frank Launder], reminiscent of The Ghost Train (1931), written around the comic personality of Will Hay, supported by his very 'aged' and very 'young' foils.

A railway comedy [story by Frank Launder], reminiscent of The Ghost Train (1931), written around the comic personality of Will Hay, supported by his very ‘aged’ and very ‘young’ foils.

An amiable misfit, with a brother-in-law in the railway company, is sent as a last resort to a tiny, obscure village in Ireland as stationmaster, where his family hope to be rid of him. Finding a decrepit clerk and fat-boy porter the only occupants of the station, where no train ever stops, the newcomer tries to convert the ramshackle dump into something worthy of his dignity.

He senses a sinister atmosphere, in that his predecessors have either disappeared mysteriously, or gone nutty. Tracking a lost excursion to a disused tunnel and derelict line, the dauntless stationmaster discovers the supposedly ghostly crew are gun-runners about to get over the border.

No love interest to mar the comedy, as far as the juvenile mind is concerned, and the whole thing is amusing, if over-long.

Oh, Mr. Porter!

UK

Production

Gainsborough. Director Marcel Varnel; Producer Edward Black; Screenplay J.O.C. Orton, Val Guest, Marriott Edgar; Camera Arthur Crabtree; Editor R.E. Dearing, Alfred Roome; Music Louis Levy (dir.); Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Will Hay Moore Marriott Graham Moffatt Sebastian Smith Percy Walsh Agnes Lauchlan
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