The Picture Show Man

Overview

This easygoing drama offers a look back at the early days of the Australian movie business, and it was based on the real-life adventures of pioneering Aussie exhibitor Lyle Penn. Maurice "Pop" Pym John Meillon loves motion pictures, and he wants to open a cinema of his own. But shortly after the turn of the century, financial support for such a venture is hard to come by, so Pop does the next best thing; with his young son and a piano player in tow, Pop carts his collection of silent films and a portable ...
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Overview

This easygoing drama offers a look back at the early days of the Australian movie business, and it was based on the real-life adventures of pioneering Aussie exhibitor Lyle Penn. Maurice "Pop" Pym John Meillon loves motion pictures, and he wants to open a cinema of his own. But shortly after the turn of the century, financial support for such a venture is hard to come by, so Pop does the next best thing; with his young son and a piano player in tow, Pop carts his collection of silent films and a portable projection system from one small town to another across the continent, showing his pictures wherever and whenever he can. However, Pop quickly learns that he already has a rival; Mr. Palmer Rod Taylor has decided to go into the movie business as well, and with deeper pockets, he's able to afford better equipment than Pop's shoestring budget can provide. Ironically, Rod Taylor plays a character who was born in Texas but emigrated to Australia; Taylor was in fact born in Australia and became a film star when he moved to the U.S.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • UPC: 853765005090
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Scorpion Records
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,390

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Taylor Palmer
John Meillon Pop
John Ewart Freddie
Patrick Cargill Fitzwilliam
Harold Hopkins Larry
Garry McDonald Lou
Sally Conabere Lucy
Judy Morris Miss Lockhart
Jeanie Drynan Mrs. Duncan
Technical Credits
John Power Director
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Peter Best Score Composer
Geoff Burton Cinematographer
David Copping Art Director
Judith Dorsman Costumes/Costume Designer
Judy Dorsman Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Ken Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
Joan Long Producer, Screenwriter
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