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The Overlanders

  • Action
  • Western
  • 1946
  • Harry Watt
  • 87 mins
  • U

Summary

Second World War drama set in Australia and based on a true story, starring Chips Rafferty. Rather than destroy a thousand cattle prior to an expected Japanese invasion, drover Dan McAlpine decides to drive them 2,000 miles to safety over some of Australia's toughest terrain.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A very impressive re-creation of a spectacular event that took place in Australia during the Second World War - the moving to safety of 500,000 head of cattle (reduced in the movie to a mere thousand), made necessary by the prospect of a Japanese invasion of the Northern Territory. This was one of Ealing's first Australian-made movies, and mightily effective it is under the direction of documentary film-maker Harry Watt, better known for the later Where No Vultures Fly. Trouble is, Watt also wrote the screenplay, and the clichés come thick and fast. Nevertheless, the action is very exciting, Australian lead Chips Rafferty is convincing, and the finale, as he sees other cattle following in his wake, manages to be very moving.

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Credits

Cast

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Dan McAlpineChips Rafferty
Bill ParsonsJohn Nugent Hayward
Mary ParsonsDaphne Campbell
Mrs ParsonsJean Blue
Helen ParsonsHelen Grieve
CorkyJohn Fernside
Sailor SinbadPeter Pagan
CharlieFrank Ransome
ManagerStan Tolhurst
MinisterMarshall Crosby
Police sergeantJohn Fegan

Crew

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DirectorHarry Watt

Details

Theatrical distributor
Eagle Lion Distribution Ltd
Released on
1946-11-04
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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