FORTY THOUSAND HORSEMEN 1941 TOBACCO ROAD SCREEN TEST 1933 w Henry HULL
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FORTY THOUSAND HORSEMEN starring Grant Taylor, Chips Rafferty, Pat Twohill and Betty Bryant. Directed by Charles Chauvel. Taking place during the first world war, this film chronicles the adventures of three soldier buddies and Juliet, a wine merchant's daughter, who disguises herself as a boy to escape detection by the German forces. Despite the romance, this pioneering Australian production portrays the exploits of the Anzacs, the famous cavalry force of Australia and New Zealand. Several epic desert battles are re-staged on a truly grand scale!
TOBACCO ROAD SCREEN TEST Henry Hull created the role of Jeeter Lester in the original Broadway production of Tobacco Road and played the part for 233 performances. This rare test, made by MGM in New York, gives us a captivating sample of Hull's portrayal in several scenes. A film version was finally released by Twentieth Century Fox in 1941 under the direction of John Ford (with Charley Grapewin in the Lester role). A unique and fascinating glimpse of what could have been...
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What I remember most is the massive sand hills in the Kurnell area of the Sutherland Shire. Sadly the sand hills are all but gone. Used to help build thousands of Sydney homes in the post WW11 years. The area is being subdivided for the building of homes etc. in the near future.
I had the fortune to be in Bersheeba, Israel in recent years for the dedication of a memorial to the men of the Light Horse who led the famous charge against the Turkish lines which enabled thousands of horses to get to water
the footage is recorded from original film and is a little "jittery" in the VERY begining but settles down ok, it even has the original "intermission" in the middle of DVD.
realistic audio in battle scenes, none of this studio mixed sound effects but actual "on feild audio". so much noise its hard to distinguish what and where its comming from, just as it would have REALLY been like on the battle field.
if you like the Australian LIGHT HORSE history then this should be in your movie collection,
just remember this DVD is a direct copy of the original 1941 film, and the audio and visual quality is only as good as it was in 1941.
having said that, i'd recomend it to any one who is interested in the Australian war effort.
On the credit side the typical "ozzie" digger was very well done, and gave me considerable pleasure as my Father was in the10th Light Horse and from the few humouress stories I could get out of him, the actors chosen upheld all of the traditions of my Father and his fellow Light Horsemen.
Totally ripped off.
Any potential buyers be aware of this con, and avoid.