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Forty Thousand Horsemen

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1941
  • Charles Chauvel
  • 80 mins
  • PG

Summary

Three Australian volunteers take part in the last cavalry charge in modern warfare while serving in Palestine. First World War drama, starring Grant Taylor and Betty Bryant.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

For 30 years, Charles Chauvel was Australia's first and possibly only major director. It was Chauvel who, in 1933, gave Errol Flynn his screen debut as Fletcher Christian in the docudrama In the Wake of the Bounty. Forty Thousand Horsemen was Chauvel's big movie about the Australian Light Horse regiment's role in Palestine during the First World War. The action easily outclasses the quieter moments, involving a romance between an Aussie soldier and a beautiful French girl, which are rather awkward and poorly acted. It was remade in 1987 as The Lighthorsemen, which has a similar rousing charge as the climax.

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Credits

Cast

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Red GallagherGrant Taylor
Juliet RougetBetty Bryant
JimChips Rafferty
LarryPat Twohill
Von HausenHarvey Adams
Von SchillerEric Reiman
ScottyJoe Valli
Sheik AbuAlbert C Winn

Crew

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DirectorCharles Chauvel

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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