Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies for a mail-order body building course, successfully gaining both height and strength. At the age of 21, he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, and is selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
- A wee bit of comedy and a wee bit of romance
Wee Geordie is an undersized lad who spends his savings on a physical culture course to increase his height and improve his strength. So successful is he that he is chosen in later years to represent Britain in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and as a consequence wins gold in the hammer throw.
Such a simple tale with a message to youngsters that a goal can be achieved through sheer perseverance. Bill Travers plays the lead role as Geordie with a dour expression which breaks into a winning smile when things go right for him. Jean (Nora Gorsen) his companion since childhood urges him to accept the Olympic challenge and provides the romantic interest. Alistair Sim as the laird does well in a comic character role (as always). Francis de Wolff as Samson who prepares the correspondence courses for Geordie is a loud and aggressive character who takes all the credit for Geordie's success. There is a genuinely funny scene at the railway station when he farewells Geordie on his trip to Australia.
The dialogue is very simple and unsophisticated. It is spoken slowly and clearly and fortunately the Scottish accent can be understood. The colour photography has a washed out look and shows how much the technology has advanced in the last 40 years or so.
A nice little family film that will gladden the heart of any wee laddie or lassie.
- a super film that everyone should see..........
saw it at 16 yrs old and now 46 and still can't get it off my mind..where can this movie be rented or bought, it is too good of a movie not to be available. It is a totally feel good movie, me and my brother both want to see it again, why not bring back a great movie that is in the film catagories of the natural, the rookie, it happens every spring.....gary
- It has been at least ten years since I last saw it on PBS. The values extolled in this film are never ending, and perhaps even timely in this period of heightened violence in the world. Geordie has been a favourite for many years and, notwithstanding my like for all of the classic and modern hard-hitting western, war and other action films, the scene where Geordie tosses the hammer for a Gold Medal while he envisions his sweetheart coming over a hill through the heather is only one that remains stuck in my mind, even to this day.
- hope they bring this back on vhs.
The film throughout shows an innocence of the time which has been lost. The old house with the stairs to the bedrooms still sticks in my memory all these years latter. The plot could be used at any time in history but all of the scenery, comments, expressions are unique to this wonderful film and to a time long gone.
- alistar sim shines
Just as with the other commentators, I too saw this film decades ago. It had already been in release for a couple of years, so there was a muzzy sense of age to it, even then.
I'm taking a guess here, but I'd be willing to wager that those who remember this film best, are males. We remember the wee Scots lad with his wire-hanger-thin arms and his knobby knees; and then we remember the fine figure of a man that he grew into. Yet, in retrospect, it is Geordie's slightly puzzled reactions to the incidentals that happen as a young man that makes him an endearing character.
While filmed in black and white, at the risk of a pun, this is one of the most colorful films ever made. What took it past a Cinderella-esque sort of movie, was Alistar Sim playing the foil. Who will forget the gorgeous old codger when he and Geordie are traipsing in the highlands, shooting for grouse. Feeling a call to nature, Sim discretely tells Geordie to go on ahead, and that he will join him momentarily. "Don't, if you please, shoot into the bushes," he warns Geordie. The young man wanders away, passing time - only to suddenly see a flock of grouse rush for the bush. Taking quick aim, he blasts away with both barrels. Not two seconds later, we see Sim, hobbled with his pants around his knees, thrusting his fist into the air and shouting, "Didn't I tell you to shoot anywhere but into the bushes!" The scene still makes me laugh.
Bill Travers went on to achieve considerable star power with "Born Free", and unless I'm mistaken, became an environmental activist.
One curiosity: "Geordie" is a term of endearment of the name, George, in the city/district of Newcastle. I haven't been able to reckon out why a Scots lad should bear such an English name. --Any suggestions?
- a simpler time
saw this movie as a child in scotland and loved it. it popped up on tv a few years ago and i taped it but the quality was not great. if it ever came available as a vhs or dvd i would buy it in a heartbeat. a simpler time told in a simpler way. "come away ma wee geordie" was a classic line that reverberated in my head ...nostalgia...
- Loved this film as a boy.
I saw this film as a small boy in England. I loved it at the time and I have never forgotten it. I first saw this movie at boarding school when I was about 9. I have seen it since once on TV late at night, but I agree that it ought to be made available on Video or DVD.
- Geordie... a WEE movie with a GIANT impact...
This movie is truly a classic... It is a classic story of a small boy who is tired of being small and rather than having sand kicked in his face, sends off for a "HE-MAN" mail order course... He then trains and dedicates himself to strength training and eventually grows to become an Olympic champion in the Hammer Throw, one of the Olympic strong man events... This movie is great and reminds us of days when Olympic champions were built from desire and hard work rather than todays steroids and other controversial techniques... A must see...
Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim .... The Laird
Bill Travers .... Geordie
Norah Gorsen .... Jean Donaldson
Molly Urquhart .... Geordie's Mother
Francis De Wolff .... Henry Samson
Jack Radcliffe .... Rev. McNab
Brian Reece .... Dick Harley
Raymond Huntley .... Rawlins
Miles Malleson .... Lord Paunceton
Jameson Clark .... Georgie's Father
Doris Goddard .... Helga
Stanley Baxter .... Postman
Duncan Macrae .... Schoolmaster
Paul Young .... Young Geordie
Anna Ferguson .... Young Jean
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Runtime: 93 min
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
note: the age and condition of this film causes the picture to be slightly soft.