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The Man from Down Under (1943)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 4 August 1943 (USA)
A crusty old Sergeant of the Queen's Australian army in World War I befriends a small orphaned boy and his tiny sister on the night he is to go back to Australia. The Sergeant emotionally ... See full summary »

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Robert Z. Leonard

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Bogart Rogers (story), Mary Kelly (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... Jocko Wilson
Binnie Barnes ... Aggie Dawlins
Richard Carlson ... 'Nipper' Wilson
Donna Reed ... Mary Wilson
Christopher Severn Christopher Severn ... 'Nipper' as a Child
Clyde Cook ... Ginger Gaffney
Stephen McNally ... 'Dusty' Rhodes (as Horace McNally)
Arthur Shields ... Father Polycarp
Evelyn Falke Evelyn Falke ... Mary as a Child
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Boots
André Charlot André Charlot ... Father Antoine
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A crusty old Sergeant of the Queen's Australian army in World War I befriends a small orphaned boy and his tiny sister on the night he is to go back to Australia. The Sergeant emotionally decides to take them with him. He raises the boy and sends the girl to a prominent girl's school. As adults, the boy becomes the national boxing champion of Australia and the girl is a polished and beautiful young woman. As it is mentioned at the beginning of the movie, the boy has become orphaned, and the girl was a ward of the family, without either child's knowledge. This is a lovely film. However, the growing love between the boy and girl are a bit unbelievable beyond sibling love, but yes, it goes there. Afraid, they separate. This is an innocently presented movie about the old guy, his care and affection for the children even through adulthood, his desire to make them happy and safe, and the "miracle" that the kids are not siblings after all, since they are in love. Written by Texas Grandma

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THRILLS! FUN! ACTION! A GRAND ENTERTAINMENT! (original lobby card-all caps)

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Action | Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le héros du Pacifique See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Carol Nugent. See more »

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'E Pinched Me
by Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
Sung by Binnie Barnes (uncredited)
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Disturbing plot
14 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I wouldn't really know how to summarize the plot of The Man from Down Under, since it doesn't really know what type of movie it wants to be. It's a family drama, a romantic comedy, a war movie, a boxing movie, a film of a reckless patriarch, and, just for good measure, they throw a bit of incest into the plot. If you think it would be fun to watch all those elements in one film, then by all means, rent it. Personally, I was glad when the end credits rolled.

Charles Laughton plays an Australian soldier returning home from World War One. Before he leaves France, he promises to marry Binnie Barnes, a local hooker, but he gets into a fistfight and forgets all about it. Then, he runs across two orphaned children, adopts them, and brings them back to Australia. Turns out, the kids aren't really brother and sister, and when they grow up-even though neither one is aware of that detail-they become attracted to one another. That part of the plot was seriously disturbing. Donna Reed and Richard Carlson play the adult children, and while neither one even tries to put on an accent, even if they had, their performances would still be laughably awful. Charles Laughton isn't bad-even though his idea of an Australian accent is a Cockney accent-but his character is so unlikable he gets on your nerves pretty quickly. I thought the movie would focus on the tenderness he feels for his children, but instead he sends his daughter off to boarding school and just teaches his son how to box. That's not very tender, and as he's shown as a manipulative, hot-headed gambler during the rest of the film, there's not much to root for.


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