Laxdale Hall (1953)

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Alternative titles

  • Poacher Story Alternative
  • Scotch on the Rocks Alternative
  • The Road to Nowhere Alternative


Comedy. On a small Scottish island, the locals refuse to pay their road tax until the government repairs thier crumbling pier and one road. To look into the matter, a parliamentary delegation is sent from London, led by an Samuel Pettigrew, M.P., whose mother was born on the island. The visitors from Whitehall find the place beguiling, but Pettigrew remains disinclined to recommend the rebuilding that the islanders demand and he even suggests that they all move to a purpose-built modern town hundreds of miles away. Two others of the group, Marvell and Flett, find budding romance with, respectively, the laird's daughter and the local schoolteacher. When a band of poachers invades the laird's land (during an outdoor performance of 'Macbeth', in heavy rain) the chaos that ensues affects the outcome of the visit for everyone.

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