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Robbery Under Arms (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1958 (USA)
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Vincent Ball ...
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John Cadell ...
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ROLF BOLDREWOOD'S famous story of Australia's lusty pioneer days has been made into an outstanding color film. It is by far the best film made in Australia. Peter Finch gives his finest performance as Captain Starlight, gentleman, robber, whose most potent weapons were a polite phrase and a disarming smile. See more »


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1958 (USA)  »

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A Lei da Violência  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Last full length feature film of Maureen Swanson. See more »


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Bright Colors. Good Leading Man. Early Australian Action/Western Drama
14 November 2001 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Perhaps what is most distinguishing about "Robbery Under Arms" is its very noticeable utilisation of the 50's, garish Technicolor process. This was, I believe, the first time a feature length film was photographed in such a manner in Australia and based on the novel by Rolf Boldrewood.

It's also good to see Peter Finch before he relocated to his native motherland. Its good to see that Australia recognised his sterling presence leagues before it was realised in Britain, and then in turn, America. Here he steals the show as Captain Starlight - representing the typical Aussie larrikin.

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