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Wee Geordie (1955)

Geordie (original title)
Geordie is a Scots lad sent to the Melbourne Olympics to represent Britain in Hammer-Throwing. He insists on wearing his kilt...

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

David Walker (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... The Laird
Bill Travers ... Geordie Mac Taggart
Paul Young Paul Young ... Young Geordie Mac Taggart
Norah Gorsen Norah Gorsen ... Jean Donaldson
Anna Ferguson Anna Ferguson ... Young Jean Donaldson
Miles Malleson ... Lord Paunceton
Brian Reece Brian Reece ... Olympic Selector
Raymond Huntley ... Olympic Selector
Doris Goddard ... Helga
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Geordie's Father
Molly Urquhart Molly Urquhart ... Geordie's Mother
Jack Radcliffe Jack Radcliffe ... The Minister Rev. McNab
Duncan Macrae ... Schoolmaster
Stanley Baxter ... Postman
Alex Mackenzie ... Macrimmon
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Storyline

Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies for a mail-order body building course, successfully gaining both height and strength. At the age of 21, he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, and is selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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What "The Quiet Man" Did for the Irish..."Wee Geordie" Does for the Scots... See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The reporter asking for Geordie's details after the rescue says he is from the "Melbourne Sun'. The next day at the Games the paper showing the story is the 'Melbourne Argus', another of the three morning papers published in Melbourne at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Bill Travers and Norah Gorsen fall into the river. When they get out of the river, Norah is wet, then dry, then wet again. and as they walk away the bottom of her dress is seen to be wet whilst her top is obviously dry. See more »

Quotes

Schoolmaster: I only wish, McTaggart, that you had acquired as much in knowledge as much as you have in height and weight. Nevertheless you have managed to obtain your school leaving certificate.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE PLACE: Scotland

THE TIME: Yesterday

and Today-with a wee peep at Tomorrow. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Highland Laddie
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by William Alwyn
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a real charmer
24 September 2008 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

One can only agree with most of the reviewers who found this film so utterly delightful. Which, of course, it is. I note that some sort of DVD release of the film is scheduled for September, 2008 but I am apprehensive that the quality of this release might not be that great. I hope I am wrong, of course.

Contrary to the opinion of one writer this film was beautifully photographed in the original, wonderful Technicolor process, not in black and white, as was erroneously stated. Those lucky enough to see an original Technicolor print are lucky indeed for the colour cinematography was one of the best things about that movie. Nowadays that the old Technicolor "imbibition" process is no longer used (it ceased in 1977) we are mostly left with pale, washed-out poor colour prints of this great movie. That is why I fear this upcoming DVD release may be a sad disappointment.

It is a pity that the original studio (British Lion/Columbia/Sony) doesn't spend a few dollars by going back to the film negative and giving us a nice restored version, as is done with so many other older films. Look what Warner Brothers recently did restoring the old 1937 Technicolor "Robin Hood" for DVD: it looks like the film was shot yesterday. And the same thing could be done to nearly every old Technicolor film, if the studios would make the effort.

"Wee Geordie" is a terrific film, so let's hope it one day gets a new lease on life with a proper transfer to DVD.


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