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40,000 Horsemen (1940)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 26 December 1940 (Australia)
Three young Australians join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian Light Horse cavalry, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Chauvel

Writers:

Elsa Chauvel (continuity), Charles Chauvel (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Taylor ... Red Gallagher
Betty Bryant Betty Bryant ... Juliet Rouget
Chips Rafferty ... Jim
Pat Twohill Pat Twohill ... Larry
Harvey Adams Harvey Adams ... Von Hausen
Eric Reiman Eric Reiman ... Von Schiller
Joe Valli Joe Valli ... Scotty
Albert C. Winn Albert C. Winn ... Sheik Abu
Kenneth Brampton Kenneth Brampton ... German Officer
John Fleeting John Fleeting ... Capt. Gordon
Harry Abdy Harry Abdy ... Paul Rouget
Norman Maxwell Norman Maxwell ... Ismet
Pat Penny Pat Penny ... Capt. Seidi
Charles Zoli Charles Zoli ... Cafe Proprietor
Claude Turton Claude Turton ... Othman (as Claude Turtin)
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Three young Australians join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian Light Horse cavalry, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part in the attack during the Battle of Beersheba, which was the last cavalry charge in modern warfare. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Reliving the most glorious pages of Australia's history. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

As the cavalry charge scene would necessitate falling horses, Charles Chauvel was afraid that the horses used in the film would be injured from the traditional stunt means of using trip wires. He contacted the RSPCA about filming the scene in the most humane manner possible. RSPCA co-operation with the stunt crew saw to it that no horse was injured in the falling horses' stunt-work. See more »

Quotes

Red Gallagher: Come to think of it, what's it all about? What are we fighting for?
Jim: I suppose it's about the right to stand up on a soap box in the Domain, tell the boss what to do with his job if you don't like it. And the right to start off as a roustabout and finish as prime minister, that's what we're fighting for...
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Connections

Referenced in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
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Original music by Christina McPherson (uncredited), revised music by Marie Cowan (uncredited) and lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (uncredited)
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It's good, if you understand Australia
3 August 1999 | by cfolle01See all my reviews

This movie shows the Aussie idea of "mateship" from a 1941 perspective. It is a part of our culture and as an Australian I'm proud to see it portrayed in this movie. Even though it does extend the stereotypical Aussie, you have to understand we may have change and grown a lot we still are a country who value friends and our relationships.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1940 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Thousand Horsemen See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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