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The Shiralee (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 July 1958 (Sweden)
When Jim Macauley finds his wife with another man, he takes their young daughter and they hit the road. With a young child as his responsibility, he finds he can't be quite the fancy-free ... See full summary »


Leslie Norman


D'Arcy Niland (novel), Neil Paterson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Macauley
Dana Wilson Dana Wilson ... Buster
Elizabeth Sellars ... Marge
George Rose ... Donny
Rosemary Harris ... Lily Parker
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Parker
Niall MacGinnis ... Beauty Kelly (as Niall Macginnis)
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Bella
Sidney James ... Luke
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Jim Muldoon (as Charles Tingwell)
Reg Lye ... Desmond
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Shop Girl
Alec Mango ... Papadoulos
John Phillips ... Doctor
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Macauley's Solicitor
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When Jim Macauley finds his wife with another man, he takes their young daughter and they hit the road. With a young child as his responsibility, he finds he can't be quite the fancy-free wanderer that he had been. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Peter Finch replaced Bill Travers at short notice. See more »


Marge: Your freedom is all that is ever mattered to you. I don't know why you married me - oh yes I do, because you couldn't get me any other way.
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Referenced in Australian Biography: Charles "Bud" Tingwell (2003) See more »


The Shiralee
Written and Performed by Tommy Steele
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Hoping he'll mature
29 April 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Shiralee ends on a curious note. Will it's protagonist Peter Finch ever shape up and realize he has responsibilities? After watching it today I kind of wonder.

I doubt during the days of The Code whether a lead character like Finch ever could have been in an American film. He's charming and determined to seed those wild oats until the well runs dry. One of those wild oats became Dana Wilson his little daughter and the two live like vagabonds, not unlike the Carmody family in The Sundowners.

They're not enjoying life like the Carmodys though. Finch takes work where he can find it in the Australian national industry of sheep raising. There's no family unity here as the Carmodys have because Finch is totally estranged from his wife Elizabeth Sellars. He's also not picking things up either with another former flame Rosemary Harris. And another little side dalliance with shop girl Barbara Archer is the cause of some near tragedy.

If Finch can ever stop thinking with his male member there's a chance he might just finally grow up. For the sake of his little girl he'd better.

Despite all these character defects Finch being the great actor that he is does make you have a rooting interest in his hopefully eventual maturity.

The Shiralee is a wonderful picture of Australia in the 50s and even today one of the most optimistic places I've ever visited. This one is a real charmer and don't let it get away.

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14 July 1958 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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