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Director  T. O. McCreadie
Music director  Wilbur Sampson
Writer  Zelma Roberts
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Duration  
Country  Australia
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Release date  15 July 1949
Cast  James Workman (Hugh Duncan), Bud Tingwell (Sam Curzon), Margo Lee (Zara Marlowe), Muriel Steinbeck (Mrs Curzon), Nonnie Peifer (Jane Curzon), Nonnie Peifer (June Curzon)
Screenplay  Bud Tingwell, Zelma Roberts
Similar movies  Mississippi Grind, Phar Lap, Angel, Flash, Racing Lady, Harrigan's Kid

Into the Straight is a 1949 Australian horse racing melodrama directed by T. O. McCreadie.

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Plot

The Curzons, an Australian horse racing family, are visited by an English horse trainer, Hugh Duncan, and his playboy son, Paul. Both men fall for June Curzon. However, after she is crippled in an accident Paul loses interest, and she realises she loves Hugh.

With Hugh's encouragement, June writes a piano concerto and learns to walk again. Her brother, the weak Sam Curzon, steals money from his father to pay gambling debts and allows Paul to take the blame. However, a horse secretly trained by Paul wins the Melbourne Cup.

Cast

  • James Workman as Hugh Duncan
  • Charles Tingwell as Sam Curzon
  • Margo Lee as Zara Marlowe
  • Muriel Steinbeck as Mrs Curzon
  • Nonnie Peifer as June Curzon
  • Shirley Hall as Bunty
  • George Randall as W.J. Curzon
  • Alan White as Paul Duncan
  • Production

    Shooting began in June 1948, on location in Scone, New South Wales, and at the studio of Commonwealth Film Laboratories in Sydney. The Victoria Racing Club allowed a re-creation of the Melbourne Cup to be shot at Flemington Racecourse and scenes were also filmed at Randwick Racecourse. Several jockeys made cameos in the film, including Jack Purtell and George Moore.

    The film featured a piano concerto which took up several minutes of screen time.

    Reception

    The film was well received in Perth but only had a short run in Sydney and Melbourne.

    References

    Into the Straight Wikipedia
    Into the Straight IMDb Into the Straight themoviedb.org


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