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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.
Film debut of Judy Nugent.
Film debut of Carol Nugent.
This film received its USA television premiere on Thursday 29 November 1956 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its New York City television premiere took place on 8 October 1957 on WCBS, and in San Francisco on 25 May 1958 on KGO-TV.
This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Thursday 29 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Sunday 24 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its New York City television premiere took place 8 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco it first aired 25 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7).