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Seven Little Australians (1939)

| Adventure, Drama, Family
Ethel Turner's well-known Victorian period family novel is updated to the (then) present in this version for the screen.

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Ethel Turner (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles McCallum Charles McCallum ... Captain Woolcot
Pat McDonald Pat McDonald ... Esther Woolcot
Sandra Jaques Sandra Jaques ... Meg Woolcot
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Pip Woolcot
Mary McGowan Mary McGowan ... Judy Woolcot
Ron Rousel Ron Rousel ... Bunty Woolcot
Janet Gleeson Janet Gleeson ... Nell Woolcot
Nancy Gleeson Nancy Gleeson ... Baby Woolcot
Don Tall Don Tall ... The General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Craven Howard Craven
Letty Craydon Letty Craydon ... Martha
George Doran George Doran
Richard Dowse Richard Dowse
John Fernside John Fernside ... Doctor
Carl Francis Carl Francis
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Storyline

After getting into trouble because of her adventurous spirit, the oldest girl Judy is sent away to boarding school. When she runs away from school, she falls ill, and her father allows her go to the country to recover her health. The other children go with her, and for a time the family is happy, but the mood is shattered when Judy is killed by a branch falling from a tree . Her death makes the Captain aware that he has mistreated his children, and he begins to relax and enjoy the company of his remaining children. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

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O.B. Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Sadly this is very bad.
17 September 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

Ethel Turner's wonderful book about a strict army man, his young second wife, their child, and his six children from a previous marriage is here given a heavy-handed, badly acted and over-moralising film treatment. The later TV mini-series was much better. The biggest problem is Charles McCallum as the Captain - he plays the character with no love for wife or children at all, instead of suppressing love because of his belief in discipline. His miraculous transformation at the end is silly and completely unbelievable.

It is sad that this film is not better as so few films were made in Australia at that time - but when you consider that this amateurish and badly directed film was competing with "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" it's not hard to see why many Australians lost faith in our film industry.


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