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June 1940 (Australia) See more »
With the inimitable Rudd Family See more »
The story of local man Dad Rudd (played by Bert Bailey) who see the need to increase the capacity of the dam, but faces opposition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Bert Bailey ... Dad Rudd
Connie Martyn ... Mum Rudd
Yvonne East ... Ann Rudd
Fred MacDonald ... Dave Rudd
Ossie Wenban ... Joe
Valerie Scanlan ... Sally
Alec Kellaway ... Entwistle
Frank Harvey ... Henry Webster
Grant Taylor ... Jim Webster
Jean Robertson ... Mrs. Webster

Barbara Weeks ... Sybil Vane (as Barbara Weekes)
Ron Whelan ... Lewis (as Ronald Whelan)
Letty Craydon ... Mrs. McGrury
Marshall Crosby ... Ryan
Joe Valli ... MacTavish
Field Fisher ... Jenkins
Billy Stewart ... Bloggs
Natalie Raine ... Susie
Lorna Westbrook ... Minnie
Leo Gordon ... Fordham

Chips Rafferty ... Fireman
Raymond Longford ... Electoral Officer

Directed by
Ken G. Hall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bert Bailey 
Frank Harvey 
Steele Rudd  novel

Produced by
Ken G. Hall .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Krips 
Cinematography by
George Heath 
Film Editing by
William Shepherd 
Art Direction by
Eric Thompson 
Production Management
Jack Souter .... production manager
Harry Strachan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Whelan .... assistant director (as Ronald Whelan)
Sound Department
Clive Cross .... sound
Special Effects by
J. Alan Kenyon .... special effects

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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The final feature from Cinesound Productions.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) (TV)See more »


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Bert's final film is certainly better than his first!, 16 January 2007
Author: JohnHowardReid

Bucolic slapstick was never my cup of tea, but it must be admitted that Bert Bailey and Fred MacDonald achieved a world record for longevity with their "Dad and Dave" series. The first film, On Our Selection (1932), was still playing to capacity audiences in cinemas 49 years later. The series was then sold to TV where it achieved top ratings for another 15 years, long after the late-starting Judy Canova, Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride were completely forgotten.

I must also admit this entry shows a considerable improvement over the first. There's still the same phony rusticality and Bert Bailey jingoism, but the writing is less corny and the acting more natural—aside from Miss East (in her one and only movie appearance) and Miss Scanlan (in her final of two films—she played "Sarah" in Dad and Dave Come to Town).

As usual, Hall's direction is professionally smooth and production values are generally first-rate (although some of the process work seems too dark in the print under review).

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