Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away ... See full summary »
Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away from home. Much to the exasperation of his overworked wife, Ma Greevins, Bill is also very fond of the drink. Smiley is determined to buy himself a push bike and so he takes on odd jobs in an effort to save up enough money. But Smiley always seems to get caught up in some sort of misadventure. Smiley is a classic Australian film that will delight audiences of all ages. Written by
Rankin says "I gave him the winner of the cup two years running" in relation to Superintendent Robbins. He is referring to the winner of the Melbourne Cup, the biggest and most famous horse race in Australia. See more »
Smiley leaves his shirt and hat and a letter behind when he crosses the river to take a parcel the King Billy. However, when he returns he only collects the letter and his shirt. See more »
The producers wish to thank all their friends in Australia who co-operated so wholeheartedly in the making of 'SMILEY' and especially those in Sydney, Camden, Gundy and Rossgole, where most of the scenes were shot See more »
I remember seeing this film and being delighted with both Chips Rafferty, who played the constable and Sir Ralph Richardson, who was the Reverend. The tale focuses on a boy in the outback whose mother is keeping the homefires burning while his father is working as a stockman. The boy, Bruce Archer, appeared in this film and the sequel, as did Rafferty, is trying to save his money for a horse and gets unwittingly involved transporting drugs being sold by one of the local merchants. When his ne'er-do-well father returns home and drinks up his savings, he runs off into the bush and is saved by an Englishman, a "Tommy," passing through. The bad guys are taken care of and the tale ends on a happy note. The most memorable thing about the film is its simple depiction of rural Australian life and, of course, the craggy face of Rafferty, who always reminded me of Walter Matthau.
Check it out if you have a chance. I believe you'll be glad you did.
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