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The Rugged O'Riordans (1950)

Sons of Matthew (original title)
The story of five brothers who homestead, with other settlers, on the virgin plateaus of the Australian bush country. In addition to being beset with the obstacles and difficulties with the... See full summary »

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Ken Wayne ...
Barney O'Riordan
Tommy Burns ...
Luke O'Riordan
John Unicomb ...
Terry O'Riordan
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Mickey O'Riordan
Wendy Gibb ...
Cathy McAllister
John O'Malley ...
Matthew O'Riordan
Thelma Scott ...
Dorothy Alison ...
Rose O'Riordan (as Dorothy Allison)
Diane Proctor ...
Mary O'Riordan
Tom Collins ...
Shane as a Child
Max Lemon ...
Barney as a Child
Rodney Fielder ...
Luke as a Child
Doug Smith ...
Terry as a Child
Jimmy White ...
Mickey as a Child
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The story of five brothers who homestead, with other settlers, on the virgin plateaus of the Australian bush country. In addition to being beset with the obstacles and difficulties with the land and nature, another complication arises when two of the brothers fall in love with the same woman. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 May 1950 (Australia)  »

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In March 1947 a unit of about 70 people set off for the main location near Beaudesert. Filming coincided with near-constant rain - the first three months of shooting saw only three weeks of weather suitable for filming. Locations sometimes had to be reached by pack horse and foot. A second unit under Carl Kayser was brought out to location to assist production. After six months on location, the unit moved to the studios of Cinesound Productions in Bondi. They filmed there for two months then returned to Queensland for a further five months. In March 1948 they returned to the Bondi studio and reshot several scenes. Shooting took eighteen months in total. Charles Chauvel then shot an alternative ending in the Blue Mountains. This ending was eventually discarded. See more »

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Aussie Films
8 January 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the theater when it came out under the title, The Rugged O'Riordans. The thing that was so memorable that stuck in my head for over 50 years is that it was one of the first Aussie films that I had seen. An interesting story of an Australian family in the outback, hacking their way through the bush and making a life of it. Michael Pate who went on to be a memorial character actor sticks mainly in my mind. The other Aussie film that same year that hit the boards was Smiley, a story of a kid with Chip Rafferty playing the constable. I recommend seeing this film if the opportunity presents.


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