Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Director: Lewis Milestone

Cast: Lewis Milestone, Maureen O'Hara, Peter Lawford, Finlay Currie

     
 

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Besotted by alcohol, Australian cattle-station owner Michael McGuire (Finlay Currie) is led to believe that crooked gambler Richard Connor (Peter Lawford) is his long-lost son. Connor and his partner-in-crime Gamble (Richard Boone) go along with the gag, convincing McGuire's daughter Dell (Maureen O'Hara) that they've arrived to help the old man save his livestock,

Overview

Besotted by alcohol, Australian cattle-station owner Michael McGuire (Finlay Currie) is led to believe that crooked gambler Richard Connor (Peter Lawford) is his long-lost son. Connor and his partner-in-crime Gamble (Richard Boone) go along with the gag, convincing McGuire's daughter Dell (Maureen O'Hara) that they've arrived to help the old man save his livestock, when in fact they're planning a major swindle. The scheme goes awry when Connor falls genuinely in love with Dell. The arrival of mounted policeman Leonard (Chips Rafferty) sets the ball rolling for an onslaught of violence, renunciation and redemption. Vividly filmed on location in Australia, Kangaroo was remade in Africa as The Jackals in 1967.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Lewis Milestone had a knack for shooting difficult to film stories involving actors working and living in adverse conditions and getting great work out of them -- witness All Quiet on the Western Front, A Walk in the Sun, Halls of Montezuma, and Pork Chop Hill. Kangaroo, although it isn't a war movie, is of a piece with them, shot entirely in Sydney and in the Flinders Ranges, which looks to be some of the roughest country in South Australia, and he not only got great work out of his cast, but wove together a fine, exciting drama. Peter Lawford is the big surprise here, turning in a far grittier kind of performance than he was known for in the role of a two-bit grifter who discovers his better nature; he's matched by Richard Boone as a daring yet totally larcenous and utterly amoral villain; and they're surrounded by Finlay Currie, Maureen O'Hara, and Chips Rafferty doing their usual excellent work, and all in Technicolor. There's not much more to say about the relatively simple story, except that the Australian setting gives it added allure, recalling such earlier works in a vaguely similar vein as The Overlanders.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2015
UPC:
0644827455423
Original Release:
1952
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
49,350

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Dell McGuire
Peter Lawford Richard Connor
Finlay Currie Michael McGuire
Richard Boone Gamble
Chips Rafferty Trooper Leonard
Charles "Bud" Tingwell Matt
Ron Whelan Fenner
John Fegan Burke
Guy Doleman Pleader
Reg Collins Ship's Officer
Frank Ransome Burton, Station Foreman
Clyde Combo Aborigine Stockman
Syd Chambers Sailor
John Clark Ferret Face
Letty Croydon Kathleen
Henry Murdoch Black Tracker
Stan Tolhurst Policeman
Joe Tomal Actor
Alexander Cann Actor

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Martin Berkeley Original Story
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Nick De Maggio Editor
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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