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Post-war, Australian-set Western made by Ealing Studios. Tommy Trinder stars as a down-on-his-luck performer turned stockman, who is called in to smooth things over after white settlers, led by Wally King (Chips Rafferty), encroach upon sacred Aboriginal ground.
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Sure, the acting's a bit creaky in parts, and the ending is sort of bizarre (there's a story that Ralph Smart was forced to change his dark ending which included the massacre of the indigenous tribe for a happy ending in order to get government approval to shoot the movie), but along the way it is a real insight into what British film makers (including Australian expats like Ralph Smart) thought about serious topics like colonialism. And along the way, you get some great performances from Chips Rafferty (as the hardened settler who can only see "his" way), Michael Pate (as the frontier ranger who understands only too well what will happen to the Aborigines when the settlers move in), and Gordon Jackson (as the sensitive Scot who tries to see both sides of the story). Hey, even Tommy Trinder isn't too bad!
It's a product of its time, and a real insight into that time. And that's why you should buy it.
It begins very well showing the hardships of the early settlers but latterly it loses its way, partly due to scripting reason and partly because the presentation of the conflicts between the white settlers and the aborigines is confused. But it does have the benefit of a film score by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Something of a hotchpotch but still an interesting example of early Australian film making shining a light upon its settlement history. Whether you like it or not may well depend upon your particular interests.
With that Australian icon, the late "Chips" Rafferty, once again in the staring role of an Australian movie, we knew we were going to see the REAL Australian outback. Perhaps most Aussie movies portray a lot of scenes of the outback.This movie is a winner for overseas people to see the real outback as it was years ago. I have given it 3 stars, not because it lacks in anything...it doesn't, but because it's in black and white.But the viewer should not hold that against the quality and story of the movie. I may be biased because I'm an Australian and Chips Rafferty has always been one of my favourite old time actors.Buy it. You will enjoy it.
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looks good for a dvd and the how old this movie is the star in this movie is chips raffertyPublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by paul block
Old time oldies are just great the changes in them compared to now are really different, you can see the change and the way things were done.Published on 15 Sept. 2010 by Stewie