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Director  Cecil Holmes
Music director  Sydney John Kay
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Country  Australia
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure
Screenplay  Creswick Jenkinson
Writer  Creswick Jenkinson
Language  English
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Release date  1953 (overseas) June 1955 (Australia)
Cast  Grant Taylor (Captain Thunderbolt), Bud Tingwell (Alan Blake), Rosemary Miller (Joan), Harp McGuire (Sgt Mannix)
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Captain Thunderbolt is a 1953 Australian action film from director Cecil Holmes about the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. It was one of the few all-Australian films of the 1950s.

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Synopsis

Fred Ward is imprisoned for horse stealing. He escapes from Cockatoo Island and under the name of Captain Thunderbolt becomes a bushranger, working with his friend and fellow escapee Alan Blake.

Thunderbolt is tracked by the evil Sergeant Mannix who undertakes gunfights with the bushranger at a dance, then at a rocky outcrop, only to discover that he has killed Alan Blake instead. Mannix passes off Blake's body as Thunderbolt, enabling the bushranger to escape. The legend grows that Thunderbolt did not die.

Cast

  • Grant Taylor as Captain Thunderbolt
  • Charles Tingwell as Alan Blake
  • Rosemary Miller as Joan
  • Harp McGuire as Sgt Mannix
  • John Fegan as Dalton
  • Jean Blue as Mrs Ward
  • John Fernside as Colonel
  • Loretta Boutmy as Maggie
  • Ronald Whelan as Hogstone
  • Charles Tasman as Colonial Secretary
  • Harvey Adams as parliamentarian
  • Patricia Hill as Belle
  • John Brunskill as Judge
  • Production

    The budget was provided entirely by theatrical entrepreneur Sir Benjamin Fuller.

    The movie was shot in early 1951 on location in New England, New South Wales, and at the Royal National Park in Sydney, with studio work done in Supreme Sound System in North Sydney. The woolshed dance sequence was shot at a Pyrmont woolstore. One of Thunderbolt's robbery victims was played by Kathleen Drummond, daughter of the then-local MP David Drummond.

    British censorship requirements meant that the real-life romantic relationship between Thunderbolt and his aboriginal girlfriend Mary, who helped him escape from Cockatoo Island, was not featured in the film when released in Britain.

    Captain Thunderbolt was allowed to live at the end of the film because the producers hoped to spin it off into a TV series. This did not happen.

    Release

    The film did not receive a wide release in Australia – it did not play in Melbourne cinemas until late 1955, and Sydney until 1956. However it sold well overseas, including to American television.

    The only copy of the film in possession of the Australian National Film and Sound Archive is a 53-minute TV edition. The archive is looking for a copy of the full 69 minute version.

    References

    Captain Thunderbolt (film) Wikipedia
    Captain Thunderbolt (film) IMDb Captain Thunderbolt (film) themoviedb.org


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