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65 Years of Australian film comedy

Paul Byrnes takes a look back at the evolution of Australian comedy on film, from the silent era’s Sentimental Bloke through to Mick 'Crocodile’ Dundee in the ’80s:

'[MIck Dundee] was an astonishingly clever creation, who seemed completely new. He wasn’t quite that, as we have seen. He was the distillation of all the comedy that came before him, almost a compendium of his roots in the working-class heroes of silent film.’

Image: Graeme Blundell in Alvin Purple (1973).

Go to Australian Comedy Part 1: The Silent Era »

Go to Australian Comedy Part 2: The Early Sound Era »

Go to Australian Comedy Part 3: 1950s–1980s »

Crocodile Dundee II feature film – 1988

His Royal Highness feature film – 1932

Malcolm feature film – 1986

The Sundowners feature film – 1960

Mr Chedworth Steps Out feature film – 1939

Alvin Purple feature film – 1973

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