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The Man From Down Under

1943 1h 43m Comedy List
Reviews 33% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
As World War I ends, Jocko Wilson (Charles Laughton), a soldier returning to Australia, rescues two small orphans in Belgium, sneaking them aboard his transport ship home. Two decades later, prosperous hotelier Jocko and the kids, rising young boxer Nipper (Richard Carlson) and studious Mary (Donna Reed), find their lives torn apart by the start of World War II, the reappearance of Jocko's former flame, Aggie (Binnie Barnes), and a secret that could affect the brother and sister's lives forever. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member well crafted rom-dram Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review s r A feel good Australian boxing movie mixed in with a WWI plot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A decent old movie featuring a great performance by Charles Laughton, one that makes you think a little: while it's not a great movie by any stretch, this film is grand in its own way, as all films from this period seem to be... even when they're terrible they're still enthralling. This one I caught by surprise when I tuned in to TCM for Stagecoach, and the last minute schedule change wasn't all bad... I doubt I'd consciously pay money to see it, but it was at the very least a decent examination of the period between the two World Wars... with some campy bad Australian accents, to boot! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As World War I ends, Jocko Wilson (Charles Laughton), a soldier returning to Australia, rescues two small orphans in Belgium, sneaking them aboard his transport ship home. Two decades later, prosperous hotelier Jocko and the kids, rising young boxer Nipper (Richard Carlson) and studious Mary (Donna Reed), find their lives torn apart by the start of World War II, the reappearance of Jocko's former flame, Aggie (Binnie Barnes), and a secret that could affect the brother and sister's lives forever.
Director
Robert Z. Leonard
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 43m