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  • Actors: Ronald Squire, Raymond Huntley, Prunella Scales, Fulton Mackay, Roddy McMillan
  • Directors: John Eldridge, George Haslam
  • Format: Black & White, PAL, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Panamint Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038XBD8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,814 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Laxdale Hall, a rarely seen British comedy receiving its first release to home entertainment, is a 1953 film directed by John Eldridge and starring Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley, Prunella Scales, Fulton Mackay, Roddy McMillan, Jameson Clark and Jean Colin, with Rikki Fulton as a poacher in his first film role. The few residents of Laxdale who own cars are refusing to pay their road fund licence because of the poor state of the only road which links them to the rest of Scotland. A parliamentary delegation including Samuel Pettigrew, M.P. (Raymond Huntley) and Andrew Flett (Fulton Mackay) is dispatched to the Scottish Highlands to quell the rebellion! Along the way they encounter resistance from school teacher Morag McLeod (Prunella Scales, in her first film) and her roguish dad, Roderick McLeod (Jameson Clark). With a brief appearance by Rikki Fulton in his film debut as a salmon poacher there's plenty of action and laughter. Filmed amongst the beautiful scenery of Applecross, "Laxdale Hall" is not to be missed. Also features The Glen Is Ours (1946), a timeless parable of politicians at odds with the will of their electorate. Recently de-mobbed Hector Andrews takes to the hustings to stop Cadisburn Glen being sold and converted from a beauty spot into an amusement park.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MC on 19 April 2010
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Very much in the style of an Ealing comedy Laxdale Hall whilst no Whisky galore is as enjoyable an effort as some of the later Ealing films (such as The Maggie.)
Based around the efforts of a remote Scottish community to get the road linking them to the outside world repaired it contains a cast of actors familiar to anyone who has watched British films from the 1950`s.(Although anyone who only knows Prunella Scales and Fulton MacKay from their 1970`s roles in Fawlty Towers and Porridge might be suprised to find them as the love interest in this film.)
All in all an enjoyable wet afternoon film which has been transfered from a fairly good quality print.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elizabeth M. Goulder on 27 July 2010
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Laxdale Hall captures a way of life and a time slot long gone, though there is still a hint of it in places in the Highlands and Islands. The use of locals beside professional actors enhances that genuine Highland feel. The scenery of course speaks for itself. The quality of the reproduction shows through too. I was afraid I might be disappointed, instead I was entranced.
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I know Applecross very well. Indeed, I have only just returned home after spending Christmas 2014 there! Experiencing withdrawal symptoms today I've watched 'Laxdale Hall' on DVD after buying it from Amazon a couple of years ago. For those familiar with Applecross this is a wonderful snapshot of the community as it was in former times, and an opportunity to marvel at driving over the eleven mile long Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle, elevation 2053 feet) before it was upgraded to a tarmac road. If you are unfamiliar with the local area then it's too simple to say it's a classic Ealing comedy. It is so much more than that! 'Laxdale Hall' teaches us all that rural life can be challenging and tough, that as important as it is to develop our cities and towns, sustaining fragile, often remote communities is just as vital, perhaps even more so. Life would be so dull if we all lived in surburbia!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fat albert on 30 July 2013
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Typical b/w film of the late 40's/early 50's period. Scottish rebels on the island of Laxdale, take on the Government who refuses to build them a new road/pier. The islanders, led by the local squire (Ronald Squire), refuse to pay their road-fund licenses, until they get either the new road, and/or the pier. On the government side, a task force led by Raymond Huntley, Sebastian Shaw (Darth Vader), & Fulton Mackay (Porridge), travel to Laxdale to investigate the islanders claims. Poaching, Macbeth, a dig at modern city life, & gentle humor are all involved in a charming story that gives a great deal of pleasure, & nostalgia. When they say, they don't make films like this anymore, this is the one they're talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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The second film is a wonderful documentary style film with a lovely part for wee Edie Martin and that is the main reason for my purchase. This film was made by Merton Park studios and is a good example of the kinds of documentary/story films they were making in the 1940s.
Lax dale Hall is an absolute classic and any collector of British features should own this. The print that has been used is in excellent condition and a considerable improvement on what they used to show on TV when the film was shown. Pricewise a 2 for 1 really. Fully documented liner notes included.
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