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1936, 78 Minutes

Rangle River is drying up and Dick Drake, the outback station's head stockman is desperate to find water for his cattle. Strangely, the suave Donald Lawton's adjoining property has plenty of water. Compounding his problems, Marion Hastings, daughter of the station owner returns from years overseas, accompanied by self-invited Englishman Reggie Mannister. While Dick and Marion clash over who is running the station, Reggie sets about solving the irrigation mystery.

Aiming to make a film with international appeal, National Studios brought out to Australia veteran Hollywood director Clarence Badger and American actor Victor Jory to star as Dick Drake. Visiting American frontier adventure novelist Zane Grey wrote the story while in Australia big-game fishing.

Rangle River was filmed in NSW, near Gloucester and in the Burragorang Valley, with interiors at the new National Studios in Pagewood.

The film includes singing cowboys, romance and adventure. The climactic stockwhip showdown between Drake and Lawton follows the raging flood and daring rescue.


View clips and read more about RANGLE RIVER at NFSA australianscreen


Director: Clarence Badger

Writer: Zane Gray (Story), Charles and Elsa Chauvel (Screenplay)

Cinematographer: Errol Hinds (Cinematographer), Damien Parer (Camera Assistant)

Principal Cast: Victor Jory, Margaret Dare, Robert Coote, Cecil Perry

Year: 1936

Running Time: 78 Minutes

Classification: PG. Consumer advice: Low level violence.

SKU 201670300
Brand NFSA

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