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Titles tagged with ‘Melbourne Cup’

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Australasian Gazette – 1924 Melbourne Cup newsreel – 1924

This newsreel features highlights of the 1924 Melbourne Cup, including the horses entering the racetrack, crowds in the grandstand and the race, won by Backwood.


The Hard Word feature film – 2002

The Hard Word is both a comical crime fable and a story of brotherly love, an unusual mix of elements.


Into the Straight feature film – 1949

Australian horse breeder WJ Curzon hires British trainer Hugh Duncan and his playboy son Paul. Father and son are both attracted to JW’s daughter, June.


Ken Howard Calls the Melbourne Cup radio – 1941

A 1941 recording of famous sports broadcaster Ken Howard calling the Melbourne Cup.


Melbourne Cup 1896 historical – 1896

This film documenting the 1896 Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s oldest surviving films. A horse gallops into the foreground and blocks our view until the film’s producer gives the horse a pat on its rump.

The Mighty Conqueror documentary – 1931

Made only a year before Phar Lap’s death, The Mighty Conqueror boasts some of the last moving images of Phar Lap in Australia both on and off the track.


National Treasures – Phar Lap’s Hide documentary – 2004

How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?


Phar Lap feature film – 1983

The film is well constructed, both as a folkloric tale of a young man’s bond with a special horse and as an exciting spectacle with a couple of magically charged moments.

Play School – Opposites Monday television program – 2006

Justine Clarke and Rhys Muldoon sing, march, make ‘surprise’ hats for each other, read a book and play games as they explore the weekly theme of ‘opposites’.


Thoroughbred feature film – 1936

The ending of this film led to allegations of plagiarism, because it was almost identical to the 1934 film, Broadway Bill.

A Ticket in Tatts feature film – 1934

George Wallace helps a champion horse to avoid crooks and win a big race.


The Woman Suffers feature film – 1918

This has been called ‘Australia’s first feminist feature’ but many of its female characters are ruined by men, a common theme in melodrama.