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Scotch on the Rocks (1953)

Laxdale Hall (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 1954 (USA)
A parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst ... See full summary »


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Eric Linklater (novel), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Squire ... General Matheson
Kathleen Ryan ... Catriona Matheson
Raymond Huntley ... Samuel Pettigrew, M.P.
Sebastian Shaw ... Hugh Marvell, M.P.
Fulton Mackay ... Andrew Flett
Jean Colin ... Lucy Pettigrew
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Roderick McLeod
Grace Gavin Grace Gavin ... Mrs. McLeod
Keith Faulkner Keith Faulkner ... Peter McLeod
Prunella Scales ... Morag McLeod
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Rev. Ian Macaulay
Andrew Keir ... McKellaig
Nell Ballantyne Nell Ballantyne ... Nurse Connachy
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Willie John Watt (as Roddy Macmillan)
Meg Buchanan Meg Buchanan ... Mrs. McKellaig


A parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst them, the visitors come to appreciate the locals' lifestyle. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

5 June 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Prunella Scales. See more »


Norman rides his bicycle in the rain to the shop where he intends to send the telegram informing the poachers that the river will be full of fish due to the rain, but when he enters the shop his clothes are dry. See more »


[Mr and Mrs Pettigrew, Mr Marvel and Mr Flett are on the ferry to Laxdale, and are admiring the scenery]
Hugh Marvell, M.P.: Almost takes your breath away, doesn't it?
Lucy Pettigrew: Those mountains frighten me. They're so big.
Andrew Flett: That's Skye over there.
Hugh Marvell, M.P.: Yes, and beyond, nothing but the Atlantic.
Lucy Pettigrew: Isn't it lovely?
Samuel Pettigrew, M.P.: Personally, I disapprove of scenery. It encourages people to be lazy.
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My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)
Written by Fred W. Leigh and Charles Collins
Sung by Pettigrew (Raymond Huntley) when he is in the hearse
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Simply No.1 on my movie hit parade.
4 February 2001 | by ipriceSee all my reviews

A classic tale of the canny Highlanders taking the sassenachs to the cleaners. The essence of the situation has great similarities with other contemporary movies like 'Whisky Galore', and has inspired more modern ones like 'Local Hero'.

The five owners of motor cars in the parish of Laxdale hold a tax revolt to protest the absence of a proper road into a remote village on the Wet Coast of Scotland near Skye. A parliamentary delegation is sent from London to restore order!

All acting performances are wonderful, with early appearances by character actors who went on to become household names. Prunella Scales as a very young schoolteacher; Rikki Fulton as a Glasgow poacher. I particularly enjoyed Kynaston Reeves as the Meenister, Jamieson Clark as the grocer, and of course Roddy MacMillan as the undertaker. And the general, oh the cheneral!

My favourite line is from a bit player, spoken at a public meeting. "Forty miles from the sea? No view of the Cuillins and no river? Man, I would rather live in Hell than in a place like that!"

Truly a way of life that has all but disappeared, even in Applecross where the movie was shot. On my last visit I arrived in the village by one good road and left by another.

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