Oh, Mr Porter!

Date: 1937
Director: Marcel Varnel
Production Company: Gaumont British Picture Corporation, Gainsborough Pictures

Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Location(s): Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

An inept railway employee is given the post of stationmaster at an quiet Irish station and uncovers a gang of gun runners.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson

Richard Ralph advises that part of the opening credits were filmed on the approach to Greenwich station from Maze Hill in south-east London, albeit in reverse.

 

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William Porter (Will Hay) as a wheeltapper at the start of the film. Members of the Britmovie Forum identify this location as Hertford North station, Hertfordshire.

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And it certainly looks like Hertford North station. (PW)

After his promotion to Station Master, Porter arrives at Buggleskelly. Cliddesden railway station, Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire.

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Establishing shot angle for Buggleskelly Station, looking northeast (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire). Simon Mills.

The Signalbox at Buggleskelly. Cliddesden, Hampshire. The station was on the Basingstoke & Alton Light Railway and closed in 1932.

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Location of signal box and level crossing, Buggleskelly Station, looking north (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire). Simon Mills

Porter attempts to open the crossing gates as Jeremiah Harbottle (Moore Marriott) and Albert Brown (Graham Moffatt) look on. Cliddesden, Hampshire.

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Location of level crossing gate, Buggleskelly Station, looking north (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire). Simon Mills

Porter stops the express much to the annoyance of the guard (Bryan Herbert). Cliddesden.

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Buggleskelly Station platform, looking south (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire)

Porter gets ready for the Connemara excursion passengers. Cliddesden station.

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Buggleskelly Station platform, looking north (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire). Simon Mills

Porter climbs onto the sails of Terling Windmill, Mill Lane, Terling, Essex.

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Restoration of the Grade II listed Smock mill to what is now a residence did not include sails to repeat such antics. (RL)

One-Eyed Joe's windmill. Terling Windmill, Essex.

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The interesting history of the mill can be found in Wikipedia. (RL)

Porter, Harbottle and Brown drive the excursion train with the gun runners on board. Cliddesden.

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Location of signal box and level crossing, Buggleskelly Station, looking south (Station Road, Cliddesden, Hampshire). Simon Mills

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The end of the line for the gun runners . . . and the train. John Gravett identifies this as Basingstoke Good Yard. (RL)