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Smiley (1956)

 -  Comedy  -  12 June 1957 (USA)
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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 »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Petersen ...
Bruce Archer ...
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Reverend Lambeth
John McCallum ...
Jim Rankin
Chips Rafferty ...
Jocelyn Hernfield ...
Miss Workman
Reg Lye ...
Margaret Christensen ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Marion Johns ...
Mrs. Stevens
Gavin Davies ...
Fred Stevens
Toni Hansen ...
Jean Holt
William Rees ...
Mr Johnson
John Fegan ...
Nobby
Guy Doleman ...
Bill McVitty
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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 Grant

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12 June 1957 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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 »

Connections

Followed by Smiley Gets a Gun (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Sung in the church
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Agreed!
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sure it looks old and the actors speak in an unusually strong Aussie accent that can be off-putting even for this Down Under fellow but its simplicity, scenery shots and innocent story really is wonderful.

I remember seeing this as a kid one summer holiday (the type of movie they put on at midday to entertain us kids along with old Tarzan flicks and bad, bad oh! so bad Sci Fi relics).

Instantly it hit chords within me. As an Australian country lad watching this, I could smell the sun on the gum leaves and the as above-mentioned accents where, yes, goddamn awful BUT so familiar.

For an Aussie, anywhere (and all others everywhere else), watch this film...enjoy it for what it is...


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