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40,000 Horsemen (1940)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 26 December 1940 (Australia)
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 ... See full summary »

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Grant Taylor ...
Betty Bryant ...
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Jim
Pat Twohill ...
Larry
Harvey Adams ...
Von Hausen
Eric Reiman ...
Von Schiller
Joe Valli ...
Scotty
Albert C. Winn ...
Sheik Abu
Kenneth Brampton ...
German Officer
John Fleeting ...
Captain Gordon
Harry Abdy ...
Paul Rouget
Norman Maxwell ...
Ismet
Pat Penny ...
Captain Seidi
Charles Zoli ...
Cafe Proprietor
Claude Turton ...
Othman (as Claude Turtin)
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The ANZACS RIDE AGAIN! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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26 December 1940 (Australia)  »

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Forty Thousand Horsemen  »

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Chips Rafferty modelled himself on the comical digger created by Pat Hanna. See more »

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Referenced in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

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Waltzing Matilda
Original music by Christina McPherson (uncredited), revised music by Marie Cowan (uncredited) and lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (uncredited)
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Very good film
16 July 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I definately liked this film mainly because it tells an important battle won by our brave Australian soldiers. Although the charge was made by the Light Horse which was mounted infantry it was the last REAL cavalry charge. The characters were very likeable Jim Bourke (Chips Rafferty) Red Gallagher (Grant Taylor) Larry Bourke (Pat Twohill) are all mates that are in the light horse, they are all Aussie bush men who joined up like so many others because it was the right thing to do. Its nice to see Chips Rafferty as the easy going Aussie bush man that made him famous. This movie was the predecessor to "The Rats Of Tobruk". In many ways they are both quite similar, they both talk about battles that are well known to Australians because they were both won by Australians, and they even use two of the same actors, Chips Rafferty and Grant Taylor. This movie and Rats Of Tobruk make great companions after spending ages looking for them i found copies of both them in the same shop. Both movies are very hard to find and if your a nationalist (like me) it will make you appreciate films like this a lot more so if you see a copy of this movie buy it.


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