The Avenger (1937)

Dated and uneven melodrama about a reformed criminal who marries into high society, only to be forced by a former accomplice to steal from the factory where he now works.

Director:

A.R. Harwood

Writer:

Bert Hollis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Stuart Douglas Stuart ... Terry Druton
John Fernside John Fernside ... Max Hart
Karen Greyson Karen Greyson ... Della, the Maid
Marcia Melville Marcia Melville ... Gwen
Marshall Crosby Marshall Crosby ... Detective Sergeant O'Neill
George Lloyd George Lloyd ... Happy Evans
Raymond Longford Raymond Longford ... Warren
Pat Twohill Pat Twohill ... Solicitor
Jim Max Jim Max ... Gardener
Albert Callanan Albert Callanan ... Publican
Reg King Reg King ... Carrier
Jack Couver Jack Couver ... Dick
Val Atkinson Val Atkinson ... Actor
Fay Revel Fay Revel ... Barmaid
Wyn Edgerton Wyn Edgerton ... Mrs. Thompson
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Dated and uneven melodrama about a reformed criminal who marries into high society, only to be forced by a former accomplice to steal from the factory where he now works.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Supreme Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Clunky Australian melodrama shows the faults of it's industry.
19 January 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

It's hard to come down heavily on these pre WW2 Australian talkies which were made under dreadful conditions for paltry amounts. However the lack of artistry or ambition that most - and "The Avenger" is a ripe example - show is disturbing.

A kind of a thriller has the inexperienced leading man in peril through the company of "wasters" but redeemed by the love of a good (and well heeled) woman and the trust of a newly rich businessman played by Raymond Longford no less, the major Australian film maker of the silent period.

Despite determined attempts to introduce bogus documentary sequences, the key moments could have been played on a neighborhood stage and the acting belongs there - particularly Fernside's lip twisting heavy.

The country's leading camera and sound technicians were involved to no great effect.


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