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Adaptation of On Our Selection! 'Steele Rudd' 1899 selected work short story
Issue Details: First known date: 1912 1912
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Adaptations

form y On Our Selection Ken G. Hall , Bert Bailey , Sydney : Cinesound Productions , 1932 Z1253929 1932 single work film/TV This cinematic adaptation is based on the stage play On Our Selection by Albert Edmunds (aka Bert Bailey and Edmund Duggan), which was itself based on the stories of Steele Rudd. Set in south-west Queensland, it tells of the Rudd family, which has been all but ruined by the drought and is in debt to their villainous neighbour Old Carey. While Carey seizes the Rudds' cattle in an attempt to leverage a hold on their land, his son Jim attempts to get his hands on the eldest daughter Kate. Her long-suffering suitor Sandy Graham warns her. However, Jim is no better than his father. In order to relieve financial pressure on the family, Kate moves to the city, but when the rains eventually come she returns to help the family rebuild their stock. When Sandy finds out that Jim has tried to force his sweetheart into marriage (by threatening to sully her reputation), he knocks him down. Unfortunately, Jim dies, and Sandy is charged with murder. While Kate frets over Sandy's future, eldest son Dave marries his sweetheart Lily White. Dad Rudd's woes continue to escalate when he is forced to repeatedly rebuff Billy Bearup's attempts to woo his other daughter Sarah, while youngest son Joe continues to upset one and all by his mischief. Sandy is eventually cleared of the murder charge when another character, Cranky Jack, admits his part in the death, leaving Sandy and Kate free to finally marry (much to the delight/relief of the Rudd family).

[Source: Australian Screen]

Notes

  • Publications after 1980 only list Albert Bailey and Edmund Duggan as the authors of the work, but a manuscript held in the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland also lists Beaumont Smith as an author of the work.

Production Details

  • 1912: Palace Theatre, Sydney, 4 May 1912. Dir. Bert Bailey; Mngr. Edmund Duggan; Prod. Bert Bailey, Edmund Duggan, Julius Grant. - Cast incl. Bert Bailey (Dad Rudd), Edmund Duggan (Maloney).

    1912: Kings Theatre, Melbourne. - Cast and production mostly as for previous Sydney season.

    • The play was revived regularly up until at least 1929.
    • It was also revived in 1979 with additional material by director George Whaley

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1912 .
      (Manuscript) assertion

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H1630
First known date: 1912

Works about this Work

The Ghost of Dad Rudd, on the Stump Julieanne Lamond , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 19-32)
'This paper examines the cultural and political legacies of Dad Rudd, a fictional character who first appeared in short stories by 'Steele Rudd' (A. H. Davis) in the Bulletin in 1895 and has since appeared in popular fiction, theatre, film, television and radio adaptations throughout the twentieth century. It traces a set of national tropes - particularly that of the battler - through stump speeches made by Dad Rudd in On Our Selection! (1899), Dad in Politics (1908), the stage melodrama On Our Selection (1912), and Ken G. Hall's film Dad Rudd, M.P. (1940), and considers how they have continued to be used to create both political and cultural constituencies in Australia.'
Innocent Convicts and Respectable Bushrangers : History and the Nation in Melbourne Melodrama, 1890-1914 Gabrielle Wolf , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 81 2004; (p. 73-81, notes 210-213)
It's a Brand New Day Out on `the Selection' Helen Musa , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1995; (p. C8)
When the Outback Speaks Australia Loves to Listen Mike Daly , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 July 1995; (p. 11)
Misadventures of Dad and Dave Return Peter Cochrane , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 June 1994; (p. 13A)
Lots of Fun in Classic at Yass Helen Musa , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 November 1994; (p. 18)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Worthy Time Capsule of Early Rural Life David Scheel , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 August 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Bush Folklore Good for Laughs Andrea Pooley , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 January 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Melodrama and the Melodramatic Imagination Elizabeth Webby , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 210-222)
Perceptions of Australia, 1915-1965 Brian Kiernan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 269-283)
Untitled M. Ozburn , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 98 1984; (p. 53)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled V. Fraser , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 19-25 December 1982; (p. 32)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
y Australian Melodrama : Eighty Years of Popular Theatre Eric Irvin , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1981 Z110191 1981 single work criticism
Untitled C. Gillam , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 5 no. 12 1981; (p. 32)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled David Rowbotham , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 November 1981; (p. 2)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled B. O'Connor , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 6 1980; (p. 29-30)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
The Real Dad and Dave H. G. Kippax , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 June 1979; (p. 8) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 229-230)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled K. Healey , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 July 1979; (p. 10)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
NIDA Reveals an Aussie Classic B. Hoad , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 11 December vol. 100 no. 5190 1979; (p. 85)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled Michael Le Moignan , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 7 July 1979; (p. 48)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1913 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 April vol. 34 no. 1732 1913; (p. 8)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
The Real Dad and Dave H. G. Kippax , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 June 1979; (p. 8) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 229-230)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled K. Healey , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 July 1979; (p. 10)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
NIDA Reveals an Aussie Classic B. Hoad , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 11 December vol. 100 no. 5190 1979; (p. 85)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled Michael Le Moignan , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 7 July 1979; (p. 48)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled B. O'Connor , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 6 1980; (p. 29-30)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled C. Gillam , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 5 no. 12 1981; (p. 32)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled David Rowbotham , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 November 1981; (p. 2)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled V. Fraser , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 19-25 December 1982; (p. 32)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Untitled M. Ozburn , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 98 1984; (p. 53)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Bush Folklore Good for Laughs Andrea Pooley , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 January 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Lots of Fun in Classic at Yass Helen Musa , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 November 1994; (p. 18)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Worthy Time Capsule of Early Rural Life David Scheel , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 August 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of On Our Selection Albert Edmunds Beaumont Smith 1912 single work drama
Innocent Convicts and Respectable Bushrangers : History and the Nation in Melbourne Melodrama, 1890-1914 Gabrielle Wolf , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 81 2004; (p. 73-81, notes 210-213)
The Ghost of Dad Rudd, on the Stump Julieanne Lamond , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 19-32)
'This paper examines the cultural and political legacies of Dad Rudd, a fictional character who first appeared in short stories by 'Steele Rudd' (A. H. Davis) in the Bulletin in 1895 and has since appeared in popular fiction, theatre, film, television and radio adaptations throughout the twentieth century. It traces a set of national tropes - particularly that of the battler - through stump speeches made by Dad Rudd in On Our Selection! (1899), Dad in Politics (1908), the stage melodrama On Our Selection (1912), and Ken G. Hall's film Dad Rudd, M.P. (1940), and considers how they have continued to be used to create both political and cultural constituencies in Australia.'
y Australian Melodrama : Eighty Years of Popular Theatre Eric Irvin , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1981 Z110191 1981 single work criticism
Misadventures of Dad and Dave Return Peter Cochrane , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 June 1994; (p. 13A)
It's a Brand New Day Out on `the Selection' Helen Musa , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1995; (p. C8)
Commercial Australian Plays Harold Mercer , 1926 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 March vol. 47 no. 2406 1926; (p. 3)
Melodrama and the Melodramatic Imagination Elizabeth Webby , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 210-222)
Perceptions of Australia, 1915-1965 Brian Kiernan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 269-283)
Glad Tidings i "Shows may come and shows may go,", Billy B. , 1913 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 September vol. 34 no. 1754 1913; (p. 8)
When the Outback Speaks Australia Loves to Listen Mike Daly , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 July 1995; (p. 11)
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