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The Rugged O'Riordans (1949)

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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Sons of Matthew is a 1949 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. The film was shot in 1947 on location in Queensland, Australia and the studio sequences in Sydney. Sons of Matthew took 18 months to complete, but it was a great success with Australian audiences when it finally opened in December 1949. Sons of Matthew is a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema, partly because of the adverse conditions in which it was made. Maxwell Dunn wrote later in his book How they Made Sons of Matthew that, during filming, it was the wettest season in 80 years in Queensland. For UK and US release Universal-International cut the film by 30 minutes, added some American narration and renamed it The Rugged O'Riordans 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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