Geordie

Date: 1955
Director: Frank Launder
Production Company: Individual Pictures

Stars: Alastair Sim, Bill Travers, Norah Gorsen, Molly Urquhart, Francis de Wolff, Jack Radcliffe, Brian Reece, Raymond Huntley, Stanley Baxter, Paul Young
Location(s): The Trossachs in Stirling

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Storyline:

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.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill. Also known as Wee Geordie (US Title)

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Establishing shot looking over Loch Voil from the hill to the north of Balquhidder, Stirling, Scotland. Many of the locations in this film have been identified by the Scotland: the Movie Location Guide web site.

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Panning shot from the first image showing the area where Geordie MacTaggart lives with the River Balvag to the left.

A young Geordie MacTaggart (Paul Young) runs towards the school house. Alan Watt advises that building is just yards from Balquhidder Church, Balquhidder near Lochearnhead in Stirlingshire.

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Alan notes that the property now seems to be a private house with a modern extension.

After school, wee Geordie runs to find his friend Jean. Balquhidder Schoolhouse in Balquhidder located by Alan Watt.

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Alan provides this comparison.

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Geordie arrives home late. The cottage was located in Loch Ard Forest near Aberfoyle, Stirling.

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After years of working on a body building correspondence course, a much larger Geordie (Bill Travers) speaks with Jean (Norah Gorsen) as she turns to leave. Unidentified location.

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The MacTaggart's cottage in the Loch Ard Forest near Aberfoyle.

The funeral of Geordie's father takes place at Balquhidder Church. Alan Watt reports that the building is in fine shape . . . .

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. . . . as seen in his comparison shot taken in 2014.

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Geordie goes to see The Laird. Duchray Castle near Aberfoyle.

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Geordie competes in the Highland Games. Aberfoyle School, Lochard Road, Aberfoyle.

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A closer view of the school as Geordie completes his hammer throw. Lochard Road, Aberfoyle.

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After being selected to represent Great Britain at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Geordie is accompanied to the station by well wishers. The station nameboard spells DRU..... but this is Gartmore station on the line between Aberfoyle and Buchlyvie Junction.

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The Laird (Alastair Sim), Geordie's mother (Molly Urquhart), Jean and the postman (Stanley Baxter) all turn out to say farewell to Geordie. Gartmore station, Stirling. The line was closed to passenger trains in 1951.

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Jean waves to Geordie as a piper plays. Gartmore station again.

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A bit of a giveaway! - a stock or second unit shot of Tilbury Riverside station where Geordie arrives prior to sailing for Australia. Tilbury, Essex.

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Panning shot from image geor013 as Geordie's train pulls in. Tilbury Riverside station, Tilbury. The station was on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway and closed in 1992.

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Olympic selectors (Raymond Huntley and Brian Reece) wait at the station for Geordie. This appears to be a studio set and is included for sake of completeness.

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Henry Samson (Francis de Wolff) finally meets his student after many years. Studio set included for sake of completeness.

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A stock shot of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales depicts Geordie's arrival in Australia.

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Stock shot of Melbourne trams in the city hosting the 1956 Olympic Games. Unidentified location.

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Geordie returns home after the Olympics to be met by his mother. Gartmore station, Stirling. The train has just passed under a bridge carrying the A81 road.

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In the station yard, Geordie and his mother board a trap that will take them to their cottage. Gartmore station.

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Crossing a bridge on the journey home. Derek Thommeny provides the location for us, Station Road, Gartmore, FK8 3RR, just east of the entrance to Cobleland Capsite, The Trossachs. (RL)

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Geordie goes in search of Jean. Unidentified location.

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