DAD AND DAVE COME TO TOWN
FRI 23 FEB, 7PM | Arc Cinema | Free, booking essential
1938 | PG | 73mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Ken G Hall
Life is busy on the Rudd farm: Dave keeps inventing things, Joe has a tooth ache, Billy Ryan wants to marry Sarah Rudd but Dad is feuding with Billy's father, Old Man Ryan, who wants to buy Dad's bottom paddock.
“It’s got yokels loose in the city, two great juveniles, witty dialogue, comic dogs, Bert Bailey acting up a storm, a young Peter Finch making his mark, slapstick, Shirley Ann Richards and Billy Rayes lighting sparks off each other, and that great feeling of inclusiveness, tolerance, family and mateship that marks the best of Australian populist entertainment – the same sort we later saw in The Overlanders (1946), They’re a Weird Mob (1966), Crocodile Dundee (1986)” – Stephen Vagg, AFI Blog
Popular actress Shirley Ann Richards played Jill Rudd, eldest daughter of the country farming family in the third of four Dad and Dave films produced by Cinesound Productions in the 1930s. An image of Richards and Bill Hayes, who played her love interest in the film, features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018.