A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

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Cast

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Hilda
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Stingaree
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Mrs. Clarkson
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Sir Julian
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Howie
Henry Stephenson ...
Mr. Clarkson
George Barraud ...
Radford
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Annie
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Victor
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The Governor-General
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Mac
Robert Greig ...
The Innkeeper
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A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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25 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bandoleiro do Amor  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Irene Dunne, a professionally trained operatic mezzo-soprano, did her own singing for the film. See more »

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Hilda's hair, as she braids it, while speaking and preparing to go on stage. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Clarkson: ...Why, the very foundation of empire is woman's virginity.
Sir Julian Kent: Chastity, madame, chastity. No empire would get very far with virginity.
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Version of Stingaree (1915) See more »

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Once You're Mine
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
Performed by Irene Dunne (vocal and piano)
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The Outlaw Helpmate
12 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Somewhat lackluster period musical/adventure tale set in Australia, 1874 telling the story of a young lady named Hilda (played by Irene Dunne) who works as a servant for the wealthy Clarksons, sheep farmers, and dreams of being a great singer. An upcoming visit by Sir Julian, a famous composer arriving from London, drives jealous Mrs. Clarkson (an interfering biddy who fancies she can sing - but can't) to send away Hilda, so he doesn't hear Hilda has a good voice. Meanwhile, an infamous outlaw named Stingaree (Richard Dix) has just arrived in town and kidnaps Sir Julian, then poses as him at the Clarksons, where he meets Hilda a few hours before she is to leave. Hilda, thinking he's Sir Julian, sings for him - and Stingaree decides to help her with her career. She soon finds out he's an impostor, he ends up kidnapping her

  • um, and she likes it (and this is all in one night!). They are


instantly in love - the fact that he is a bandit that the police are after means nothing to her. They are soon separated though - after Stingaree is arrested and Sir Julian takes Hilda to Europe to make her into a famous opera singer.

This is a somewhat mediocre film - though I did like Irene Dunne in this, Richard Dix gives a pretty hammy performance here (rolling eyes and all). It's not all bad, but I thought the story was just a bit hard to swallow - Hilda and the memory she just can't seem to forget: being carried off on horseback by a bandit/outlaw - I just don't know about this woman's choices. Some of the character actors in this do add a few bright moments here and there - especially Andy Devine, as Stingaree's sidekick "valet", who got me laughing in the few brief scenes he is in. The music in this is not too memorable either - all in all, so-so.


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