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Genre  Comedy, Musical
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Country  Australia
Film series  The Hayseeds - The Series
Writer  Beaumont Smith
Language  English
The Hayseeds movie poster
Director  Beaumont Smith Raymond Longford (associate)
Release date  8 December 1933
Initial release  December 8, 1933 (Australia)
Directors  Beaumont Smith, Raymond Longford
Cast  Cecil Kellaway (Dad Hayseed), Kenneth Brampton (Mr. Townleigh), Shirley Dale (Mrs. Townleigh)
Music director  F. Morton Chappell, Alfred Lawrence
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The Hayseeds is a 1933 Australian musical comedy from Beaumont Smith. It centres on the rural family, the Hayseeds, about whom Smith had previously made six silent films, starting with Our Friends, the Hayseeds (1917). He retired from directing in 1925 but decided to revive the series in the wake of the box office success of On Our Selection (1932). It was the first starring role in a movie for stage actor Cecil Kellaway.

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It was also known as The Hayseeds Come to Town.

Plot

Wealthy Mary Townleigh gets lost in the bush and hurts her ankle, but is rescued and stays with the Hayseed family. She starts a romance with their neighbour, Englishman John Manners. When Joe Hayseed and his girlfriend Pansy Regan decide to get married, the Hayseeds and John visit Sydney to stay with the Townleighs. John is accused of being a fugitive of justice but is eventually proved innocent and he and Mary get married.

Cast

  • Cecil Kellaway as Dad Hayseed
  • Kenneth Brampton as Mr. Townleigh
  • Arthur Clarke as John Manners
  • Shirley Dale as Mary Townleigh
  • Bryan Kellaway as Billy
  • John Moore as Henry Westcott
  • Tal Ordell as Joe Hayseed
  • Vincent Pantin as Lord Mornington
  • Molly Raynor as Pansy Ragen
  • Phyllis Steadman as Polly
  • Stan Tolhurst as Sam
  • Katie Towers as Mum Hayseed
  • the J.C. Williamson Chorus (singing hikers)
  • the Richard White Girls
  • Jimmy Coates and his Orchestra
  • Production

    The movie was shot at Cinesound's studios in Rushcutter's Bay in August and September 1933, with location work near Pymble. Many of the cast, including Kellaway, John Moore and Shirley Dale, were appearing in the play Music in the Air during filming.

    The movie was a semi musical with a number of songs and dance sequences. The latter were produced by Richard White, who ran a dance academy in Sydney.

    Cecil Kellaway's son, Brian, made his film debut alongside his father.

    Director

    There is some debate as to the true director of the film. While some sources say that Beaumont Smith both scripted and directed the picture, Smith himself announced that Raymond Longford would direct the picture, and newspapers of the era also gave the credit to Longford.

    Reception

    Reviews for the film were mixed but it proved popular with audiences on release.

    By the end of 1934 it was estimated to have earned £16,000 in Australia and an overall profit of £5,900.

    The film was still screening in cinemas in 1950.

    References

    The Hayseeds Wikipedia
    The Hayseeds themoviedb.org The Hayseeds IMDb


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