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40,000 Horsemen (1940)

Approved | | Drama, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Taylor ...
Betty Bryant ...
Chips Rafferty ...
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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26 December 1940 (Australia)  »

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Forty Thousand Horsemen  »

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Charles Chauvel secured the co-operation of the mounted troops of the First Light Horse (Machine Gun) Regiment to reproduce the famous cavalry charge by the Australian Light Horse troops in the Sinai desert. See more »

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

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Waltzing Matilda
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possibly the most exciting cavalry charge ever filmed
9 July 2001 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Although filmed 60 years ago I cannot think of a more thrilling realisation on film of a massed cavalry assault. The scene, which is sustained for several minutes, recreats the WWI charge of the Australian light horse on the Turkish-held town of Beersheeba, Palestine, in 1917. This is generally accepted as the last successful cavalry charge in military history (typically some eggheads - probably Brits - quibble on whether it was a true cavalry charge because the Australians were armed with bayonets rather than sabres; not that the distinction meant much to the unfortunates who ended up skewered on the end of them.)

Also noteworthy for the presence of Chips Rafferty, in a typical role as a gangling Aussie bushmen, and who, in the days before Paul Hogan, represented the Australian male as he liked to imagine himself.


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