In turn-of-the-century Australia two criminals ingratiate themselves with a rancher in order to swindle him.However, the two partners become rivals for the affection of the rancher's beautiful daughter.
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During early 20th century Australia a young broke man is trying to find money to allow him to return home.The young Richard Connor checks into a Sydney boarding house where he's mistaken for a drunk rancher's long-lost son.The same night Richard attempts to rob a stranger,John Gamble,but when he finds out that the stranger too is broke they decide together to rob a local gambling house.During the robbery the owner is shot and the robbers take off with the loot.Just by chance,they meet the drunk rancher again.The rancher insists the young Richard is his lost son.When Richard and his robber partner discover that the drunk rancher has an extensive property they decide to play along with the long-lost son scenario and claim the eventual inheritance.However,the rancher's daughter,Dell,becomes an unforeseen obstacle to their plans. Written by
Kangaroo is an interesting early Hollywood-Australian production
Peter Lawford and Richard Boone are two criminals who befriend on old drunk (Finley Currie) who turns out to be the rancher father of Maureen O'Hara who's been looking for him for two weeks. All this takes place, and entirely filmed, in the wonderful outback of Australia where you see the Aborigines dance for rain, kangaroos hopping, and flocks of birds flying around. Plenty of exciting scenes of stampede herding of steer and windmill stopping and fights between Lawford and Boone. One part I wasn't too crazy about was one when O'Hara and Lawford were about to kiss in the middle scene since Peter was supposedly passing himself off as the long-lost son of her father! Good thing it didn't happen then! Pretty good direction from old pro Lewis Milestone. Worth a look for old-time movie buffs.
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