High and Dry


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Reviewed by nmorris-2 10 / 10

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I remember vividly the first time I saw this film. It was a grey afternoon, spirits were drooping and I felt as dull as the tupperware sky outside. With no great relish, I turned on the afternoon movie - The Maggie - and gently let myself become enchanted. The word "gently" says it all, for this is an uplifting movie, full of charm and the odd brush stroke of pathos. Giggles transform into laughter with this one.

It's an old tale of local knowledge taking on a Corporation - though in a private capacity as Calvin B Marshall is anxious to deliver some domestic appliances, including 4 baths ("What all on one island?" asks the incredulous Wee Boy), to a Scottish retreat, part of his plan to save an ailing marriage. The cargo unwittingly falls in to the hands of the motley crew of a puffer - The Maggie - and then begins a comic chase which is a delight to behold. Once Mr Marshall gets involved in a hands on way, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The lessons may be homely and somewhat prissy now, but it's pleasant to wallow in a social world that could never be. More's the shame for us. Still, it remains a wonderful wish-fulfillment world, touched by the gentlest of humours. A marvellous tonic for escapists.

Reviewed by philiphatfield 10 / 10

Excellent scottish comedy film of its genre , much underated.

"The Maggie" represents the best of the gentle scots comedies of the 50s. In my opinion it is a better film than "Whisky Galore" by the same Director. Many of the locations in the film are little changed such as the splendid crinan canal in Argyll, scotland and the island of Islay. Most of the cast are no more but Mr Pusey, the lawyer, played by Hubert Gregg hosts Thanks for the Memory, a show on British Radio 2 for afficianados of music from the 20s-40s. Hubert Gregg is an octogenerian! Of the other cast members Tommy Kearins "the wee boy" may still be alive but I have been unable to trace details. Another film in this favourite format is "Laxdale Hall" filmed at Applecross village, scotland.

Reviewed by philiphatfield 10 / 10

Update on Tommy Kearins (the "wee boy Dougie")

Further to my remarks regarding Tommy Kearins (the wee boy). He is living in retirement with wife Ena in Glasgow. I have been lucky enough to meet him several times including a trip to the Crinan Canal where some of the film was made. Scenes of the "Loch Morar Bar" and the pier being destroyed by the Maggie were filmed at the Crinan Harbour entrance of the canal - each being specially built by Ealing Studios. Subsequent scenes were filmed on the island of Islay - the scene where the trio are caught by Marshall at the Imperial Bar (with the round church in the background) are filmed at Bowmore on Islay ( a scene little changed except for the phone box which was a prop), whereas the final sequence is at Port Askaig, also on Islay. Look carefully and you may see that the last scene has been reshot against a painted backdrop at Ealing.

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