Laxdale Hall

Laxdale Hall is a 1953 British romantic comedy film directed by John Eldridge and starring Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley and Sebastian Shaw, with Prunella Scales and Fulton Mackay in early roles.[1] Released in the U.S. as Scotch on the Rocks, it was adapted from the 1951 novel Laxdale Hall by Eric Linklater.[2]

Laxdale Hall
Directed byJohn Eldridge
Produced byAlfred Shaughnessy
Written byAlfred Shaughnessy
John Eldridge
Based onnovel Laxdale Hall by Eric Linklater
StarringRonald Squire
Kathleen Ryan
Raymond Huntley
Sebastian Shaw
Music byFrank Spencer
CinematographyArthur Grant
Ken Hodges
Edited byBernard Gribble
Group 3 Films
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
  • April 1953 (1953-04) (UK)
  • 5 June 1954 (1954-06-05) (USA)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A British parliamentary delegation is dispatched to the village of Laxdale - a loosely disguised Applecross - in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst them, and initial problems of interaction, the visitors begin to fully appreciate the locals' lifestyle.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "The huge success of director Alexander Mackendrick's Whisky Galore! meant it was inevitable that film-makers would cast around for more stories of wily Scots running rings around the stiff-necked English. However, lightning didn't strike twice and this tale of the battle between Whitehall and a tiny Hebridean island, whose inhabitants won't pay a hated road tax, lacks the magic sparkle of Mackendrick's classic";[3] whereas TV Guide wrote, "The humor is subtle and gentle, but often very funny, in much the same way as that in Bill Forsyth's pictures (Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) three decades later."[4]


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