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The Overlanders (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 26 December 1946 (USA)
It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Watt

Writer:

Harry Watt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chips Rafferty ... Dan McAlpine
John Nugent Hayward John Nugent Hayward ... Bill Parsons
Daphne Campbell Daphne Campbell ... Mary Parsons
Jean Blue Jean Blue ... Mrs. Parsons
Helen Grieve Helen Grieve ... Helen Parsons
John Fernside John Fernside ... Corky
Peter Pagan Peter Pagan ... Sailor ("Sinbad")
Frank Ransome Frank Ransome ... Charlie
Stan Tolhurst Stan Tolhurst ... Manager
Marshall Crosby Marshall Crosby ... Minister
John Fegan John Fegan ... Police Sergeant
Clyde Combo Clyde Combo ... Aborigine Jacky
Henry Murdoch Henry Murdoch ... Aborigine Nipper
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Storyline

It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a disparate group decides to drive them overland half way across the continent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A dramatic epic that echoes the heart beats of Australia's Greatness!

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Adventure | Western

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Manada See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chips Rafferty starred alongside Jack Lemmon playing the island watcher Patterson in The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) (1960). See more »

Quotes

Dan McAlpine: Bullocks are more important than bullets.
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Crazy Credits

This film is based on fact but the characters are fictitious: any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more »

Connections

Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

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Hardships
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Authorship unknown
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A great look at the Australian outback.
28 January 2001 | by whiteman-3See all my reviews

Somewhat dated at the turn of the century but a wonderful look back at outback life at the end of WWII. There is no pretence in this movie... it is an honest insight into the life of the drovers who, before road trains, faced the outback with their vast herds of cattle and drove them for months through all conditions. Rafferty is of course the perfect image of the young drover of those days. There is even some dialogue relevant to the changing country and things that we would understand 50 years later. A must see for all Aussies.


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