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The Picture Show Man (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | February 1979 (USA)
At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

Director:

John Power

Writers:

Lyle Penn (memoir "Penn's Pictures on Tour" book "The Picture Show Man"), Joan Long
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Meillon ... Pym
Rod Taylor ... Palmer
John Ewart ... Freddie
Harold Hopkins ... Larry
Sally Conabere Sally Conabere ... Lucy
Patrick Cargill ... Fitzwilliam
Jelena Zigon Jelena Zigon ... Madame Cavalli (as Yelena Zignon)
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Lou
Judy Morris ... Miss Lockhart
Jeanie Drynan ... Mrs. Duncan
Don Crosby Don Crosby ... Major Lockhart
Delore Whiteman Delore Whiteman ... Mrs. Summers (as Dolore Whiteman)
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Hall Secretary
Tony Barry ... Policeman
Ernie Bourne Ernie Bourne ... Bookmaker
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Storyline

At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is stay at one place and open up a cinema. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

"20 Years in Show Business & He Hasn't Lost a Customer Yet." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek kina See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Budget:

AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rod Taylor once said of agreeing to work on this film during the film's promotion: "I wanted to help the Australian film industry. I'd heard about some good movies made here lately, but it doesn't matter how good they are if nobody's seeing them. You can watch your own product in Australia and be proud of it. But I want it to go and beat off the French and the English and the Americans...My name will certainly get US distributors interested. They know they can make at least a few bucks domestically on my name. And they can certainly make something with my name in terms of world-wide distribution". See more »

Quotes

Miss Lockhart: You have the choice of a bridal or a lady's bracelet.
Palmer: I'll take the lady's bracelet.
Miss Lockhart: Some lady is going to be very pleased.
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Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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Tap Tap On My Window
Performed by John Meillon
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Silence is golden
26 December 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Whimsical and slightly bittersweet tale of competing projectionists (Meillon and Taylor), who traverse the Australian outback, bringing the joy of motion pictures to packed theatres in the 1920's. Their rivalry serves as the backdrop to the surprisingly cut-throat art of picture shows, from the pitfalls of double-acts and faulty equipment, to the looming spectre of talking pictures ("that'll just be a fad" announces Meillon, somewhat cautiously as he rallies his companions for another relentless tour of duty).

It's a peerless homage to the business and its characters, with sympathetic performances from all concerned, Meillon especially well considered in his role of the travelling man, compelled to labour under the extremes for a pittance, resisting the trappings and exploitation in order to preserve the traditions that his business-savvy rival Taylor dismisses as anachronisms, barriers to amassing his fortune.

Great supporting cast includes familiar faces John Ewart as the wily, womanising pianist to Meillon's travelling roadshow, Garry McDonald as Taylor's opportunistic piano-man, Judy Morris, Harold Hopkins and a tremendous sub-plot featuring conniving showman Patrick Cargill and his sultry clairvoyant Jelena Zigon.

The cinematography is pure indulgence of the Australian landscape, its rich colours and textures, wrapping a beautifully crafted tale, a modest, understated and poignant reminder of the way we once were.


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