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    You might be amazed to know, but the man who was driving Gladstone in the film for real (you don't see him obviously) is still alive! He was 18 at the time and smashed his front teeth out when Gladstone slipped on the track and broke the gates!

    I'd like to know what the bit before the fight in the pub is all about?? puts a box of matches on his shoulder and says "knock me matches off me shoulder" and the other guys says "stand on me coat tails" very odd indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboZed
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    I'd like to know what the bit before the fight in the pub is all about?? puts a box of matches on his shoulder and says "knock me matches off me shoulder" and the other guys says "stand on me coat tails" very odd indeed!


    Old rituals for starting a fight, so one person has to do something he's been challenged about. The joke is that one person challenges - not both- bit like drawing a line on the ground and challenging someone to cross it.

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    Currently reading the Will Hay biography, great book and it has extracts of Wills unfinished autobiography.

    Interesting to see Harbottle was a character from Wills music Hall act and transferred to screen bt Moore Marriot. Marriot was also the same age as Will but specialised in playing older characters. I am not sure Will was jealous of Graham and Moore but was more a case of not wanting to be stereo typed as part of the gang , IIRC.

    This is my fav film and one watched many times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1lxDjd_fi8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZfQNvbSPF0

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    " there wasnt a breath of wind last night ...but the sails of the windmill went round and round !..good day to yer"

    MARVELOUS!

    one of my all time favourites - like most of will hays films " wheres that fire " is a bit of a rarity to find on a compilation - worth tracking down

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    Senior Member Country: England mallee59's Avatar
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    I think the difficult film to find is wheres that fire, others are on release IIRC

    mallee

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    The clocks one is hilarious. Thanks for uploading it.

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    Yes,it's one of my all-time favourites too.

    I remember the scene where the three of them all looking for wood to start up Gladstone's boiler and Hay picks up a toilet sign that says ' gentlemen'. Then he says, ' Cheltenham? ' How did that get there?'

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    davidb and mallee59. I have just come across this thread, and my first thought was.............................Your wasting your time (in a high pitched voice) lol



    The same actor plays a postman in 'where's that fire' too, but is nowhere near as funny.



    Will hay films are stunners, and this is one of my favourites.

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    I love this film.

    Among my super 8mm collection is a rare railway item which includes a 'behind-the-scenes' look at Gladstone's crash at the end of the film.

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    Yer wasting yer time!

    Let's hope not, though.

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    There's a documentary on the Strike Force DVD 'The Wrecker' that covers the old line including Cliddesden in Hampshire which was the location for Oh, Mr Porter's station. It mentions the film in part.

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    I thought that Was Vic Pratt. A reasonably well made documentary was made and included interviews with Roy Ward Baker and one of the original train drivers.

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    After watching Oh Mr Porter for the millionth time, I started thinking about the location of the station and the railway line itself. Of particular interest was the level crossing. All of the pictures I have seen and of course the movie itself show a level crossing but I have a copy of an Ordnance Survey map of the area from 1932 which seems to show an embankment with the road running 'under' the track.
    I could of course be interpreting it incorrectly or it could be a mistake by Ordnance Survey. I have contacted them about this but they could not assist me as they do not possess any historical mapping.
    I would appreciate any clarification on this matter.
    cliddesden 1932b.jpg

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    I visited the old Cliddesden location back in October and even though the landscape does appear to have changed a bit since 1937, what remains doesn't really show any sign of an embankment or tunnel. In actual fact it all sees to be reasonably level -- the photo below might give you some idea of how the crossing looks today:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Mills View Post
    I visited the old Cliddesden location back in October and even though the landscape does appear to have changed a bit since 1937, what remains doesn't really show any sign of an embankment or tunnel. In actual fact it all sees to be reasonably level -- the photo below might give you some idea of how the crossing looks today:

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    can think where i read it ..could be on here somewhere..but someone quoted.some of the platform was visible today???..one of my fave films this

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    Yes, bits of the platform are still visible (just) but the garden of the house in question has now been levelled so there is practically no trace of where the railway once ran. Having said that, the cutting is still noticeable if you follow the old line of the railway to the south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Mills View Post
    Yes, bits of the platform are still visible (just) but the garden of the house in question has now been levelled so there is practically no trace of where the railway once ran. Having said that, the cutting is still noticeable if you follow the old line of the railway to the south.
    cheers simon ..id love to take a trip up there one day n take a look...ive lost count how many times ive seen this classic comedy

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    Billy,

    Unfortunately there isn't very much to see these days. The Reel Streets website has a few then and now shots but I can't post a link here as I'm not used to the Britmovie system yet.

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    Hi All

    I thought you might find these pictures interesting...

    Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt visited Yeovil on the 18th March 1938 to promote 'Oh! Mr Porter' at the Gaumont Palace. During the day they visited the Aplin & Barrett factory, which is a 3-minute walk from the cinema. The factory produced St Ivel cheese and butter etc, and the pair are seen having a mock fight over some free samples.

    And very smart they look too!

    Cheers,
    Rob









    Photographs courtesy of Bob Osborn, from his www.yeovilhistory.info site.

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    A great comedy. I haven't seen it for years, but I remember one scene between Will Hay and a railway official that went something like:

    OFFICIAL: "I say, you there, why do you keep tapping that wheel with a hammer?"

    WILL HAY: "Well, you see, if I tap the wheel and it goes clang, then I know the train's still here".

    OFFICIAL: "I see, and what if you tap the wheel and it doesn't go clang?"

    WILL HAY: "Well, in that case, I'll know the train's already gone".

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