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The Shiralee (1957)

 -  Drama  -  14 July 1958 (Sweden)
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When Jim Macauley finds his wife with another man, he takes their young daughter and they hit the road. With a young child as his responsibility, he finds he can't be quite the fancy-free ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dana Wilson ...
Elizabeth Sellars ...
George Rose ...
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Russell Napier ...
Mr. W.G. Parker
Niall MacGinnis ...
Tessie O'Shea ...
Sidney James ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Jim Muldoon (as Charles Tingwell)
Reg Lye ...
Desmond
Barbara Archer ...
Shopgirl
Alec Mango ...
Papadoulos
John Phillips ...
Doctor
Bruce Beeby ...
Macauley's Solicitor
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When Jim Macauley finds his wife with another man, he takes their young daughter and they hit the road. With a young child as his responsibility, he finds he can't be quite the fancy-free wanderer that he had been. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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'Peter Finch' replaced Bill Travers at short notice. See more »

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The Shiralee
Written and Performed by Tommy Steele
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Charming and Strangely Little-known
28 October 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Given the plot line, this could easily have been cutesy or mawkish. It isn't, though. Peter Finch is brilliant in his understated playing and the supporting cast is very fine.

Maybe because I've known men estranged from their wives who have taken their children on their quests through life, I was fascinated and very moved. The last half or gets a little busy and the (anti)hero's leaving his daughter with an unknown wanderer is implausible. But Finch holds the hole together brilliantly. And the actress playing his little girl is a natural. She never tries to charm us. Perhaps that is a credit to the director as much as to the performer.

There are simialrities (if memory serves) between this and the later, better known and lauded "Paper Moon." Of the two, I prefer this by a hundred thousand miles.

It is a charmer and a bit of a heart-breaker -- much like the character played by Finch.


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