At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(memoir "Penn's Pictures on Tour" book "The Picture Show Man"),
Reviews
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A successful talent agent enjoys the good life until his wife leaves him. He moves in with his friend and begins an affair with the man's wife. He also gets a new difficult client whose public image must be preserved at any cost.

Director: John Krish
Stars: Rod Taylor, Carol White, James Booth
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: W.C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Leon Errol
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
Ripper Man (1995)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  
Director: Phil Sears
Stars: Mike Norris, Timothy Bottoms, Robert F. Lyons
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of Johnson Whittaker, one of the first African-American cadets admitted to West Point. Tied down and beaten by his fellow cadets, Whittaker was court-martialed on the grounds that... See full summary »

Director: Harry Moses
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, Mason Adams
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mysterious creature is killing a farmer's livestock.

Director: James Bogle
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Ray Barrett, Richard Roxburgh
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Martians replace scientist & his family to pave way for invasion.

Director: Maury Dexter
Stars: Kent Taylor, Marie Windsor, William Mims
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Eddy earns an honest living from his fish trawler but leads a double life as a "standover" man at night to keep his aspirational wife, Yvonne happy. His relationship with his feisty ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Kennedy
Stars: John Howard, Alyssa McClelland, Rebecca Frith
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Partisans attacked the ship, with lots of people and the Jews held by the Germans. After the release and attack, there is yet another partisan attack on the convoy of Germans. Partisans few... See full summary »

Director: Stole Jankovic
Stars: Rod Taylor, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Brioni Farrell
Safety Net (2010)
Short | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

No matter how many safety nets we have to catch us when we fall, we will always be vulnerable to life's pitfalls.

Director: Eirini Steirou
Stars: Eric Andersen, Cole Panther, Jennifer Pauly
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Richard Harrison, Luciana Gilli, Wilbert Bradley
The Lorry (1977)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Marguerite Duras
Stars: Marguerite Duras, Gérard Depardieu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Pym
...
Palmer
...
Freddie
Harold Hopkins ...
Larry
Sally Conabere ...
Lucy
Patrick Cargill ...
Fitzwilliam
Jelena Zigon ...
Madame Cavalli (as Yelena Zignon)
Garry McDonald ...
Lou
...
Miss Lockhart
...
Mrs. Duncan
Don Crosby ...
Major Lockhart
Delore Whiteman ...
Mrs. Summers (as Dolore Whiteman)
Gerry Duggan ...
Hall Secretary
Tony Barry ...
Policeman
Ernie Bourne ...
Bookmaker
Edit

Storyline

At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is stay at one place and open up a cinema. Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"20 Years in Show Business & He Hasn't Lost a Customer Yet." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek kina  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

AUD 600,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was filmed between October and December 1976. See more »

Quotes

Lou: Would you be able to carry a passenger?
Palmer: You're a pianist, aren't ya?
Lou: I was.
Palmer: Would you be looking for a job?
Lou: As a matter of fact I am.
See more »

Connections

References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Tap Tap On My Window
Performed by John Meillon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A bittersweet story of Australia's early film history
29 July 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Few are better qualified than Joan Long to tell this, a story of the trials and tribulation of early Australian cinema. A renown film historian, she based the film on the recollections of real-life picture show man Lyle Penn, but also draws on the rich knowledge of the era she gained by rediscovering and interviewing many of its leading players.

Travelling picture showmen were once common in Australia. Living out of caravans or even tents, they serviced the rural areas that did not yet have their own permanent cinemas, often providing variety acts as part of the show.

The film's tone is somewhat reminiscent of these early films. The story is delineated (and performed) in the same broad strokes as every Australian classic from 'Dad and Dave' to 'The Castle'. All the usual characters are present - the uneasy young man, the eager young tomboy who can't bear to act like a proper young lady, the shifty villian. Yet the simple, enjoyable story is studded with authentic period details such as how films were presented to country audiences, and ultimately the effect that the coming of sound had on the phenomenon of the travelling showman.

Garry McDonald's performance as an opportunistic, shambolic pianist, is probably the most enjoyable, yet fans of `Muriel's Wedding' would do well to look out for an early appearance from Jeannie Drynan, who played Muriel's mother - and, as can be seen here, could once have given Audrey Hepburn a run for her money.

Though very much a product of its time, the film is still a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Australia's rich film history - a fascinating story which, without scholars such as Long, might have disappeared forever.


28 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The theme song... johnsuz
Discuss The Picture Show Man (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?