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Dad Rudd, M.P. (1940)

The story of local man Dad Rudd (played by Bert Bailey) who see the need to increase the capacity of the dam, but faces opposition.


Ken G. Hall




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bert Bailey Bert Bailey ... Dad Rudd
Connie Martyn Connie Martyn ... Mum Rudd
Yvonne East Yvonne East ... Ann Rudd
Fred MacDonald Fred MacDonald ... Dave Rudd
Ossie Wenban Ossie Wenban ... Joe
Valerie Scanlan Valerie Scanlan ... Sally
Alec Kellaway Alec Kellaway ... Entwistle
Frank Harvey Frank Harvey ... Henry Webster
Grant Taylor ... Jim Webster
Jean Robertson Jean Robertson ... Mrs. Webster
Barbara Weeks ... Sybil Vane (as Barbara Weekes)
Ron Whelan Ron Whelan ... Lewis (as Ronald Whelan)
Letty Craydon Letty Craydon ... Mrs. McGrury
Marshall Crosby Marshall Crosby ... Ryan
Joe Valli Joe Valli ... MacTavish


Dad Rudd (played by Bert Bailey) identifies the need to increase the capacity of the dam, which would benefit the local farmers. He is opposed by Henry Webster (played by Frank Harvey). After the death of the local member of Parliament, Webster states for election in his place. Rudd realizes that if Webster wins the seat, his ideas for the dam will not go ahead, so he stands for the seat as well. On the day of the election, the dam breaks, trapping workers. The Rudd family and Webster's son Jim (played by Grant Taylor) join forces to save the workers. Dad Rudd wins the elected. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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5 September 1940 (Australia) See more »

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The final feature from Cinesound Productions. See more »

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Bert's final film is certainly better than his first!
16 January 2007 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Bucolic slapstick was never my cup of tea, but it must be admitted that Bert Bailey and Fred MacDonald achieved a world record for longevity with their "Dad and Dave" series. The first film, On Our Selection (1932), was still playing to capacity audiences in cinemas 49 years later. The series was then sold to TV where it achieved top ratings for another 15 years, long after the late-starting Judy Canova, Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride were completely forgotten.

I must also admit this entry shows a considerable improvement over the first. There's still the same phony rusticality and Bert Bailey jingoism, but the writing is less corny and the acting more natural—aside from Miss East (in her one and only movie appearance) and Miss Scanlan (in her final of two films—she played "Sarah" in Dad and Dave Come to Town).

As usual, Hall's direction is professionally smooth and production values are generally first-rate (although some of the process work seems too dark in the print under review).

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