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Orphan of the Wilderness (1936)

  1. I don't think the remark in the Curator's notes is completely true, although they may have banned it in England later. When I was aged four in 1936 my mother took my sister and I to see our first film, a double feature, at the Regal Cinema in Watford, England. The first film was Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the second Orphan of the Wilderness. Little did I know then that I would end up living in the land of Chut for 59 years. I still love films.
    ps After watching the boxing clip (clip 3) I think it was a disgraceful episode in Australian films, thank goodness it no longer happens.

  2. #1 from Marier – 9 years, 10 months ago.
  3. The source for my comment that the film was banned in the UK is Pike and Cooper's book, 'Australian Film 1900-1977', in which they also say it was eventually released in the UK by Pathe in 1938, severely cut to 69 minutes, from the original 85. That is most likely what you saw. In his autobiography, Ken Hall says it was released in Britain under the name 'Chut, Orphan of the Wilderness', although he doesn't mention the cutting. In fact, he would have been used to it - most of Cinesound's films were recut for the UK release. Posted on behalf of Paul Byrnes.

  4. #2 from Stephen – 9 years, 10 months ago.
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