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Kangaroo (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Western | June 1952 (USA)
In turn-of-the-century Australia two criminals ingratiate themselves with a rancher in order to swindle him.However, the two partners become rivals for the affection of the rancher's beautiful daughter.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Martin Berkeley (story), Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maureen O'Hara ... Dell McGuire
Peter Lawford ... Richard Connor
Finlay Currie ... Michael McGuire
Richard Boone ... John W. Gamble
Chips Rafferty ... Trooper 'Len' Leonard (as 'Chips' Rafferty)
Letty Craydon Letty Craydon ... Kathleen, McGuire's Housekeeper
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Matt (as Charles Tingwell)
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Storyline

During early 20th century Australia a young broke man is trying to find money to allow him to return home.The young Richard Connor checks into a Sydney boarding house where he's mistaken for a drunk rancher's long-lost son.The same night Richard attempts to rob a stranger,John Gamble,but when he finds out that the stranger too is broke they decide together to rob a local gambling house.During the robbery the owner is shot and the robbers take off with the loot.Just by chance,they meet the drunk rancher again.The rancher insists the young Richard is his lost son.When Richard and his robber partner discover that the drunk rancher has an extensive property they decide to play along with the long-lost son scenario and claim the eventual inheritance.However,the rancher's daughter,Dell,becomes an unforeseen obstacle to their plans. Written by nufs68

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The continent time forgot...See the wild aborigines of Australia dance the blood-tingling corroboree. See giant lizards, wombats, dingos, bull ants, extinct everywhere else for 60,000,000 years See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kangaroo: The Australian Story See more »

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Budget:

£800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was "shot in 1952" and took "two years to make" according to the Australian DVD sleeve notes. See more »

Quotes

John W. Gamble: Quite desperate for money, aren't you? Take any chance to get it.
Richard Connor: Any.
John W. Gamble: By a new twist of fortune, so would I. And I know the way to entice Lady Luck to smile on both of us.
Richard Connor: Out of which side of our mouth?
John W. Gamble: What do the gold teeth show?
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Referenced in Kangaroo: Peter Lawford Here to Star in Production (1950) See more »

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Every Icon in Australia was in it.
31 March 2014 | by swojtakSee all my reviews

Being half Australian myself and knowing something about Australia, I really liked the movie. In addition, I am a "Paladin" fan so it was great to see Boone in the movie. As far as icons, I saw Chips Rafferty, koala bears, kangaroos, joey's (small kangaroos), two-up (the gambling using two coins tossed up in the air after resting on a piece of wood), the word tucker (food), cockatoos (the white bird), and the Australian Kingfisher bird. There were also the aborigines aka Abos (natives) with their boomerangs and spears with throwing boards (they help throw the spears). Shown too were the Abos on a walkabout. That is where they travel in groups. There was also drought, bush fires, and the men carrying on their shoulders the short whip they use for the cattle. Also mentioned was how good the Abos are in tracking. They are world famous as being the best in the world. Like Chips said, they can track a man by the shadow the man left on a rock a week before. I kept waiting to see what else showed up. For additional information, I can throw a boomerang--ask me how! All in all a good and interesting movie.


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