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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 (screenplay), Charles Chauvel (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... Captain Gordon
Harry Abdy Harry Abdy ... Paul Rouget
Norman Maxwell Norman Maxwell ... Ismet
Pat Penny Pat Penny ... Captain Seidi
Charles Zoli Charles Zoli ... Cafe Proprietor
Claude Turton Claude Turton ... Othman (as Claude Turtin)
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Storyline

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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The ANZACS RIDE AGAIN! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chauvel secured the co-operation of the mounted troops of the First Light Horse (Machine Gun) Regiment to reproduce the famous cavalry charge by the Australian Light Horse troops in the Sinai desert. 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

Featured in Century of Cinema: 40,000 years of dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
Original music by Christina McPherson (uncredited), revised music by Marie Cowan (uncredited) and lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (uncredited)
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A must see
2 October 2006 | by peter_omalley2003See all my reviews

This is a classic Oz film made by the director who made Errol Flynn's first film(In the Wake of the Bounty"). I first saw this film as a child and was enthralled by it. Some of the scripting is a bit on the mawkish side and, as in any war film, there is a bit of flag waving (otherwise why make it?)but the action scenes are very well done.Given American insularity their lack of familiarity with the story shouldn't intrude on their enjoyment of it. Well written it recounts (fictional) events leading up to the Aust. Light Horse charge at Beersheba in World War 1. It shows well the dry, laconic Australian bushman's sense of humour and the capacity for friendship which used to be such a great Australian characteristic. Well made and an important film it still holds up well after 64 years.


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