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Geordie [DVD] 
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1950s comedy drama starring Bill Travers. Not content with being so small and slight in stature anymore, young Scots lad Geordie (Travers) sends away for a home body building kit in an effort to bulk himself up. As the months progress, Geordie becomes a muscley, toned athlete with a particular aptitude for hammer throwing. As he becomes a national champion, he finds himself being selected to represent the UK in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
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This Frank Launder/Sidney Gilliat movie from 1955 (Launder directed. They collaborated on the screenplay and produced) is one of the most sweet-natured stories you can hope to see. There's not much drama and there's no question how the innocent romance will turn out. The movie is all character driven, and the character is Geordie. He was a puny highland lad at school who by chance heard of the mail-order Henry Samson Body Building Course. His parents encouraged him and he exercised with a passion. Now grown, he has become the biggest and strongest lad in his glen. His father is the head gameskeeper for the local laird (played by Alastair Sim). When death occurs, Geordie (Bill Travers) becomes the head gameskeeper at 21. And then Mr. Samson writes Geordie that his next exercises should be throwing the hammer. Mr. McNabb shows him how...and it's not long before the laird and Mr. McNabb have persuaded Geordie that competing in the Highland Games is a worthy endeavor...especially if he beats all those lowland Glasgow policemen. Geordie wins, but not without some charming drama. He's recruited to join the British Olympic team for the 1956 summer games in Melbourne. And there he meets the Swedish women's shot put champion, a blonde who kisses almost as well as she puts the shot. And the rest...is just as sweet natured as what has gone before.
Geordie is an honest and forthright young man, not swayed by attractions beyond his glen. He and his almost sweetheart, Jean (Norah Gerson), are obviously meant for each other if Geordie can only figure it out.Read more ›
The film was made in 1955, released in 1956 and looks forward to the Olympic Games in Australia in 1960. There is a love interest or two, some fabulous highland scenery and a story line that has you rooting for Geordie all the way through. It may be dated but what wouldn't I give to live life at that pace today?
But as you’d expect with a Gilliat & Launder film, there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s a tremendous cast: Bill Travers plays Geordie, with Norah Gorsen as his girl-friend, Jean. The younger Geordie - prior to his bodybuilding course - is very nicely played by Paul Young (“Don’t call me wee!”) and the younger Jean, by Anna Ferguson (“Och, sorry Geordie!”)
There’s Alistair Sim as the slightly dotty Laird, employer to Geordie and his father, very well played by Jameson Clark, who has some beautifully delivered, dry, one-liners.
The blissful romance between Geordie & Jean is slightly disrupted after Geordie’s encounter with the Danish shot-putter, Helga, a rather overwhelming Doris Goddard, but not for long; Geordie’s simple charm, plus the acquisition of a hat, adorned with gruesome plastic fruit for Jean is sufficient to ensure that everything ends happily.
With terrific music by William Alwyn, this is a lovely film which doesn't date - watch it and be happy.
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Cool family feel good film! An Ealing style film (not sure if it is), everyone will enjoy watching. Superb performances, and excellent cameo from Francis De Wolf, who, for a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. J. Craddock
Classic feelgood film.......beautiful scenery and fine acting.....timeless!!!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw the film of Geordie many years ago and ,I loved it then as it quite believable. Like many films with Alastair Sim's in it really is a joy to watch. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BARON JOHN.
Accurate description delivery super quick delighted thank youPublished 11 months ago by Ardnamurchan
I cannot play. Must not be formatted for the United States.Published 11 months ago by Lilian Hansen
I first saw this movie as a boy, and it still brings a tear to the eye. Makes one proud to be a Scot!Published 12 months ago by Mr. Ian J. Bruce