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Three in One (1957)

| Drama | 1957 (France)
This film contains three short stories about life in Australia in the 1950's.


Cecil Holmes


Frank Hardy (story "The Load of Wood"), Henry Lawson (story "The Union Buries its Dead") | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCallum ... Introductions
Edmund Allison Edmund Allison ... Tom Stevens (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Reg Lye ... The Swaggie (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... Firbank (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Charles Tasman Charles Tasman ... The Undertaker (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Don McNiven Don McNiven ... Patrick Rooney (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Jerold Wells ... Wally (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Chris Kempster Chris Kempster ... Longun (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Brian Anderson Brian Anderson ... Joe (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Andy (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates") (as Kenneth Warren)
Evelyn Docker Evelyn Docker ... Maggie (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
Ben Gabriel Ben Gabriel ... The Priest (segment "Joe Wilson's Mates")
The Bushwhacker's Band The Bushwhacker's Band ... segment - 'Joe Wilson's Mates'
Jerome 'Jock' Levy Jerome 'Jock' Levy ... Darkie (segment "The Load of Wood")
Leonard Teale Leonard Teale ... Ernie (segment "The Load of Wood") (as Leonard Thiele)


This film contains three short stories about life in Australia in the 1950's.

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1957 (France) See more »


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AUD10,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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An important early independent Australian film
2 November 2007 | by genet-1See all my reviews

Socialist author Frank Hardy offered his equally convinced left-wing friend Cecil Holmes part of his royalties from the controversial novel "Power Without Glory" to film his story "A Load of Wood", after which Holmes was able to finance two more segments, "The City" and "Joe Wilson's Mates". "A Load of Wood" remains, however, the best in the film,a bleak, almost Soviet tale of men suffering out the Depression in a country town. One of them, irritated by the meagre pay for their road-mending job and by the threat of a cold night, suggests a raid on a neighbouring landowner for firewood. Ross Wood's photography sets the mood of cold, misery and shame, while Jerome Levy as the burly revolutionary gives a performance of ferocious skill. By comparison, "The City" is trivial, and, as Holmes admitted, excessively influenced by Italian NeoRealism, while "Joe Wilson's Mates", though likable, is light-weight. When a tramp is found dead outside a country town with a union card in his pocket, other union members, even though they have never met him, club together for a proper funeral. Sweating in the heat, and making frequent stops to rest, drink beer and bicker, they put Joe Wilson to rest, and celebrate afterwards at a spirited wool-shed dance. With Australian distribution controlled by British and US companies, an independent production like THREE IN ONE was denied general release,supposedly because of its socialist tone. However, "Joe Wilson's Mates" was shown as a short in support of an Alfred Hitchcock film.

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