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Heritage (1935)

| Drama, History | 1941 (USA)
Follows the life experiences of the Morrison and Parry families as they establish themselves within a new and challenging colony in Sydney. Facing the many trials and tribulations of ... See full summary »

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Charles Chauvel

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Charles Chauvel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Harvey Frank Harvey ... Governor Phillip
Franklyn Bennett Franklyn Bennett ... James Morrison / Frank Morrison
Margot Rhys Margot Rhys ... Jane Judd
Mary Maguire ... Biddy O'Shea / Biddy Parry (as Peggy Maguire)
Harold Meade Harold Meade ... Frank Parry
Joe Valli Joe Valli ... Short
Norman French Norman French ... Governor Macquarie
Elsa Chauvel Elsa Chauvel ... Mrs. Macquarie (as Ann Wynn)
Leonard Stephens Leonard Stephens ... Greenway
Austin Milroy Austin Milroy ... Major Ross
Victor Fitzherbert Victor Fitzherbert ... William Charles Wentworth
Gertrude Boswell Gertrude Boswell ... Mrs. Judd
Dora Mostyn Dora Mostyn ... Mother Carey
Godfrey Cass Godfrey Cass ... Harding
Florence Esmond Florence Esmond ... Mrs. Boggs
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Follows the life experiences of the Morrison and Parry families as they establish themselves within a new and challenging colony in Sydney. Facing the many trials and tribulations of settlement life, their actions would go toward shaping the nation. Along with progress and burgeoning offspring their story continues into the next century, where the tale of a new generation is told - a tale of descendants on a Northern outback cattle station facing their own challenges and of a high flying and impressionable young heroine. Written by zzzorf

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Drama | History

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1941 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Canungra, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Expeditionary See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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First cinema feature of John McCallum. See more »

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Featured in Century of Cinema: 40,000 years of dreaming (1997) See more »

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Not one of Chauvel's greatest by any means
26 December 2002 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

With the blurb of the National Film and Sound Archive copy proclaiming it as an exploration of "one hundred and fifty years of Australian history through the national myths of the visionary, the pioneer and the national builder...", I was expecting a "How The West was Won" type expose on the opening of Australia but was thoroughly disappointed. Most importantly it failed dramatically to captivate any narrative interest.

As pointed out in the earlier review, the stock-footage from World War One, the 1920s and 1930s beginning the third act of the movie came as an interesting historical aside. It was lovely to see a pan of Princes Bridge and St. Pauls Cathedral in Melbourne circa 1930 anyway. The brief historical re-enactment at the start of the film of the Port Jackson settlement of First Fleet times was quite captivating.

The main players - especially Frank Harvey - perform dismally and are overshadowed by slightly more polished co-stars.


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