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Overlanders, The

This Australian Ealing drama is a nifty regular in these waters, detailing the mammoth movement of half a million cows out of the Japanese firing line during WWII. Socialist Aussie hero (now there’s something you don’t see much of) Chips ‘Moscow, here I come!’ Rafferty is the head of the ‘hard yakker and hard tucker’ drovers, shooing cattle in all conditions over to Queensland, with help from wandering Aboriginal pals. “Fancy coming with us to Queensland, Jackie?” “How long yer gonna be?” “About three years.” “Right, I’ll tell the wife. Be with ya in ten minutes!” Be nice to see the revived Ealing Studios making films of this pace and tone again, though they’d probably last about ten minutes doing so.

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