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2 December 1947 (Germany) See more »
In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Innocent, hopeful film cheered British child audiences. See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)
Chips Rafferty ... Long Bill
John Fernside ... Jim
Helen Grieve ... Helen Thompson
Nicky Yardley ... Snow Thompson
Stan Tolhurst ... Blue Kennedy
Pat Penny ... Henry Thompson - Father

Thelma Grigg ... Mrs. Thompson - Mother
Morris Unicomb ... John Thompson
Michael Yardley ... Michael Thompson
Neza Saunders ... Neza

John McCallum ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmund Allison ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Clyde Combo ... Old Jack (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Smart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ralph Smart  original screenplay

Produced by
J. Arthur Rank .... executive producer
Ralph Smart .... producer
Original Music by
Sydney John Kay 
Cinematography by
George Heath 
Sound Department
Eric Williams .... sound
Music Department
John Reynders .... conductor
Other crew
Robert Smart .... stand-in (uncredited)

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USA:80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Hungary:14 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #12716)

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Narrator:I don't expect you've ever heard of our valley. Mara Mara is its name, the name the Australian blacks gave it hundreds of years before we came to their land. Mara Mara. It has a nice, sleepy sound, hasn't it? And we're a sleepy little town, too. Plenty of hard work...
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Innocent, hopeful film cheered British child audiences., 9 February 2005
Author: FilmartDD from Adelaide, South Australia

What a breath of open air and joyful hope this film from the faraway "Dominion" of Australia would have brought to British children worn out from near six years of war 1939-1945, and continuing material shortages in every aspect of life! The sunshine, outdoors sights and sounds, freedom to roam, all had a powerful emotional impact. Ralph Smart caught something of Australia as Australians even now think it ought to be. Chips Rafferty looked and sounded just like the mythic Aussie outback male: capable, good-hearted, courageous and humorous. A fine achievement by the Children's Film Foundation, which was itself an expression of optimism as Britain emerged from a hard-draining war.

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