A father turns to boxing to raise money to pay for his daughter's operation.



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Cast overview:
Will Mahoney ...
Barney O'Hara
Eve Cameron (as Shirley Ann Richards)
Jean Hatton ...
Evie Hayes ...
Kitty Katkin
Alec Kellaway ...
John Fleeting ...
John Wynyard
Sidney Wheeler ...
Worthington Howard
Ron Whelan ...
Guy Hastings ...
Colonel Cameron
Harry Abdy ...
Lou Vernon ...
Signor Rudolpho
Harold Meade ...
Sir James Hall
Bob Geraghty ...
Jack Dunleavy ...


An act in a carnival show is made up of Barney O'Hara (played by Will Mahoney) his daughter Pat (played by Shirley Ann Richards) and Horace Worthington Howard (played by Sidney Wheeler). When Pat gets a big break to show of her sing talents, her voice fails. A voice specialist advises that Pat needs an expensive operation. With little money, O'Hara agrees to to boxing match against "The Killer" (played by Alec Kellaway). When the big day arrives, ants are put into O'Hara's shorts, which for some reason help him win the match; enabling O'Hara to pay for Pat's operation. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

1 October 1939 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ants in his Pants  »

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1.37 : 1
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A light hearted Aussie musical
8 April 2004 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

An example of Australian film making before anyone knew that films were made in Australia and when a Hollywood-style studio system - although small by Hollywood standards - operated Down Under. Ants in His Pants may not be sophisticated but it has an innocence and brightness that makes it a great little "B" movie. It is also a piece of Australian movie history. This was also the last Australian movie made by the Aussie's number one female movie star of the time Shirley Ann Richards. Ms. Richards was given "Hollywood" style star build up in her country before she was "discovered" by Hollywood and braved a wartime sea voyage to reach the US. Her career (as Ann Richards) in Hollywood although marked by some good movies (e.g.:Sorry, Wrong Number) never clicked. Ants in His Pants also stars Aussie movie and stage comedian George Wallace who was a sensation in his country. Others in the cast are the American husband-wife team of Will Mahony and Evie Hayes who found enormous success in theater and some films in Australia and, later, Miss Hayes became Australia's "Ethel Merman" appearing in Australian productions of Merman's Broadway hits.

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