Release Info - The Man from Down Under (1943)
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The Man from Down Under (1943)

Genres: Drama, War

Director: Robert Z. Leonard

Writers: Mary Kelly, Bogart Rogers, Wells Root, Tom Seller, ...

Stars: Charles Laughton, Binnie Barnes, Richard Carlson, Donna Reed, ...

A crusty old Sargent of the Queen's Australian army in World War I befriends a small orphaned boy and his tiny sister on the night he is to go back to Australia. The Sargent emotionally decides to take them with him. He raises the boy and sends the girl to a prominent girls school. As adults, the boy becomes the national boxing champion of Australia and the girl is a polished and beautiful young woman. As it is mentioned at the beginning of the movie, the boy has become orphaned, and the girl was a ward of the family, without either child's knowledge. This is a lovely film. However, the growing love between the boy and girl are a bit unbelievable beyond sibling love, but yes, it goes there. Afraid, they separate. This is an innocently presented movie about the old guy, his care and affection for the children even through adulthood, his desire to make them happy and safe, and the "miracle" that the kids are not siblings after all, since they are in love.

Release Dates:

USA 04 Aug 1943
Mexico 11 Aug 1944

Also Known As:

(original title) The Man from Down Under
Brazil A Vida Tem Cada Uma!
Italy Joko l'australiano
Yugoslavia (Serbian title) Covek iz podzemlja
Mexico Papá por suerte
Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title) Covek iz podzemlja