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Smiley (1956)

Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away ... See full summary »


Anthony Kimmins


Anthony Kimmins (screenplay), Moore Raymond (original story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Petersen Colin Petersen ... Smiley Greevins
Bruce Archer ... Joey
Ralph Richardson ... Reverend Lambeth
John McCallum ... Jim Rankin
Chips Rafferty ... Sergeant Flaxman
Jocelyn Hernfield Jocelyn Hernfield ... Miss Workman
Reg Lye ... Pa Bill Greevins
Margaret Christensen Margaret Christensen ... Mrs. Greevins
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Mr Stevens
Marion Johns Marion Johns ... Mrs. Stevens
Gavin Davies Gavin Davies ... Fred Stevens
Toni Hansen Toni Hansen ... Jean Holt
William Rees William Rees ... Mr Johnson
John Fegan John Fegan ... Nobby
Guy Doleman ... Bill McVitty


Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away from home. Much to the exasperation of his overworked wife, Ma Greevins, Bill is also very fond of the drink. Smiley is determined to buy himself a push bike and so he takes on odd jobs in an effort to save up enough money. But Smiley always seems to get caught up in some sort of misadventure. Smiley is a classic Australian film that will delight audiences of all ages. Written by Grant

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Smile For Every Freckle On His Face!




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Release Date:

12 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hymy-Pekka See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Smiley's quote 'Then up spake Brave Horatius' is from "Horatius" by Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lord Macaulay See more »


Smiley leaves his shirt and hat and a letter behind when he crosses the river to take a parcel the King Billy. However, when he returns he only collects the letter and his shirt. See more »

Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank all their friends in Australia who co-operated so wholeheartedly in the making of 'SMILEY' and especially those in Sydney, Camden, Gundy and Rossgole, where most of the scenes were shot See more »


Followed by Smiley Gets a Gun (1958) See more »


Waltzing Matilda
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Christina Macpherson
Sung by Smiley at the pub
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Delightful Kid's film from Down Under
15 March 2003 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film and being delighted with both Chips Rafferty, who played the constable and Sir Ralph Richardson, who was the Reverend. The tale focuses on a boy in the outback whose mother is keeping the homefires burning while his father is working as a stockman. The boy, Bruce Archer, appeared in this film and the sequel, as did Rafferty, is trying to save his money for a horse and gets unwittingly involved transporting drugs being sold by one of the local merchants. When his ne'er-do-well father returns home and drinks up his savings, he runs off into the bush and is saved by an Englishman, a "Tommy," passing through. The bad guys are taken care of and the tale ends on a happy note. The most memorable thing about the film is its simple depiction of rural Australian life and, of course, the craggy face of Rafferty, who always reminded me of Walter Matthau.

Check it out if you have a chance. I believe you'll be glad you did.

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