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Andy De Emmony
Funny and charming, this vintage comedy (literally) from Australia was conceived and produced as a sort of follow up to the very successful immigrant comedy THEY'RE A WEIRD MOB which broke records in cinemas across Australia in 1966. The same lead actor, the wonderful low key and handsome Walter Chiari, and a major roster of (now) famous Aussie TV and stage actors make this wine making comedy set in the glorious vineyards of Australia's Hunter Valley a rustic jaunt back to the world of 1970. Written and directed by American B movie and sitcom/variety show comedy team Marc Daniels and Charles Isaacs ensured a workman like craftsmanship was applied, yielding palatable results. If British it would be an Ealing comedy (or something like The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain) or a farce like Buona Sera Mrs Campbell, or today a bit like SIDEWAYS. Either way it is good wholesome fun for sensitive adults and for Aussie audiences, a chance to play spot the actor when they were unknown. Other films made by the same producers like 1972's SUNSTRUCK with Harry Secombe re treading familiar Weird Mob territory were equally as successful.
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