The Rugged O'Riordans

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Sons of Matthew is a 1949 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. The film was shot in 1947 on location in Queensland, Australia and the studio sequences in Sydney. Sons of Matthew took 18 months to complete, but it was a great success with... read more
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Sons of Matthew is a 1949 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. The film was shot in 1947 on location in Queensland, Australia and the studio sequences in Sydney. Sons of Matthew took 18 months to complete, but it was a great success with Australian audiences when it finally opened in December 1949. Sons of Matthew is a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema, partly because of the adverse conditions in which it was made. Maxwell Dunn wrote later in his book How they Made Sons of Matthew that, during filming, it was the wettest season in 80 years in Queensland. For UK and US release Universal-International cut the film by 30 minutes, added some American narration and renamed it The Rugged O'Riordans.

Original Release

12/16/1949

US Release

01/05/1950

Cast

Michael Pate Shane O'Riordan
Ken Wayne Barney O'Riordan
Tommy Burns Luke O'Riordan
John Unicomb Terry O'Riordan
John Ewart Mickey O'Riordan
Wendy Gibb Cathy McAllister
John O'Malley Matthew O'Riordan
Thelma Scott Jane O'Riordan
Dorothy Alison Rose O'Riordan
Diane Proctor Mary O'Riordan
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Charles Chauvel

Writers

Bernard O'Reilly, Charles Chauvel, Elsa Chauvel, Maxwell Dunn

Cast

Michael Pate Shane O'Riordan
Ken Wayne Barney O'Riordan
Tommy Burns Luke O'Riordan
John Unicomb Terry O'Riordan
John Ewart Mickey O'Riordan
Wendy Gibb Cathy McAllister
John O'Malley Matthew O'Riordan
Thelma Scott Jane O'Riordan
Dorothy Alison Rose O'Riordan
Diane Proctor Mary O'Riordan
Tom Collins Shane as a Child
Max Lemon Barney as a Child
Rodney Fielder Luke as a Child
Doug Smith Terry as a Child
Jimmy White Mickey as a Child
Marion Dickson Rose as a Child
Baby Lawson Molly as a Child
John Fegan Jack Warrington
Robert Nelson Angus McAllister
Barbara Armstrong Cathy as a Child

Producers

Editors

Terry Banks

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