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40,000 Horsemen (1941)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Taylor ...
Red Gallagher
Betty Bryant ...
Juliet Rouget
Chips Rafferty ...
Pat Twohill ...
Harvey Adams ...
Von Hausen
Eric Reiman ...
Von Schiller
Joe Valli ...
Albert C. Winn ...
Sheik Abu
Kenneth Brampton ...
German Officer
John Fleeting ...
Captain Gordon
Harry Abdy ...
Paul Rouget
Norman Maxwell ...
Pat Penny ...
Captain Seidi
Charles Zoli ...
Cafe Proprietor
Claude Turton ...
Othman (as Claude Turtin)


Three young Australians join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian Light Horse cavalry, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part in the attack during the Battle of Beersheba, which was the last cavalry charge in modern warfare. Written by

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Also Known As:

Forty Thousand Horsemen  »

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Among those who saw the film on its US release was a young Clint Eastwood. Richard Schickel writes in his 1996 biography of Eastwood: "Treasured among these films and stars [that Clint Eastwood saw while growing up] is one slightly more exotic title, 'Forty Thousand Horsemen'. The story of an Australian cavalry brigade that fought in Palestine in World War I, it starred Chips Rafferty, was made in 1940 and entered the world market a couple of years later. Its dialogue contained a few mild, but in those days shocking, cuss words. Clint remembers going to it with his family and, when the first 'hell' or 'damn' was heard, being aware of respectable citizens leaving the theater. The Eastwoods soon followed, but 'I snuck back later, because I wanted to see the whole movie; it had a lot of action - horses, and lancers and what have you'." See more »


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Extras for this movie included my Dad
25 April 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Of course, since my dad passed away many years ago, I can't verify this. But I do remember him telling us kids that, as a member of the Australian Army Signals Corp, he and many of his fellow soldiers were recruited as horsemen to ride over the Kurnell sand hills as extras in this movie.

Since this was filmed in 1941, Australia was already in the war. My Dad's was record shows his service in New Guinea as a Lieutenant in the signals corps. I also remember him telling me about how he was trained to ride a motor bike so, along with the horse riding his story about being an extra was probably something to do with preparing them for service overseas.

If anybody that reads this is able to provide some verification that would be greatly appreciated.

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