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form y separately published work icon Waltzing Matilda single work   film/TV   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1933... 1933 Waltzing Matilda
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Good mates Chic Williams and James Brown wake up in their Melbourne boarding house after a 'heavy night' and vaguely remember being involved in a brawl. When they hear that a policeman has been savagely bashed and that the police are looking for a James Brown, they decide to go on the run. Before they can leave, however, a private detective who is also after James arrives on the scene. The pair quickly overpower and tie him up and then make a break for freedom, travelling to Banjarro Station where Chic's old drinking buddy (played by Joe Valli) is the overseer. Hoping to lie low until things blow over, they take jobs on the outback property. Within a short time, James becomes romantically involved with Dorothy Parnham's character. The story takes a twist when the private detective arrives at the station. Rather than arrest them, the detective tells them that he has been charged with tracking down James to tell him that his uncle has died overseas and left him a large inheritance. It also soon becomes clear that the only people James and Chic bashed were a group of thugs who had assaulted the policeman; one of the thugs was also called James Brown.

Notes

  • Pat Hanna's vocal rendition of 'Waltzing Matilda' is included in Australian Memories. Volume 2: Recordings from 1927 to 1943. (Crystal Steam Audio, 2004 - compact disk, IDCD119).

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Works about this Work

Winter Garden Theatre 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 5 March no. 162 1934; (p. 4)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV
'Waltzing Matilda' 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 February no. 29993 1934; (p. 6)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV
Australian Comedy: Pat Hanna's 'Waltzing Matilda' 1933 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 4 December 1933; (p. 5)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV

'For his new production, "Waltzing Matilda," at Hoyts Theatre de Luxe, Mr. Pat Hanna adopts constructive methods for his comedy similar to those on which his former films have been based. He introduces romance in plenty, but the emphasis is placed on the lively activities of three comrades of the "Musketeer" type, whose humour is largely alcoholic..." (Argus 4 December 1933, p.5)

Australian Comedy: Pat Hanna's 'Waltzing Matilda' 1933 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 4 December 1933; (p. 5)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV

'For his new production, "Waltzing Matilda," at Hoyts Theatre de Luxe, Mr. Pat Hanna adopts constructive methods for his comedy similar to those on which his former films have been based. He introduces romance in plenty, but the emphasis is placed on the lively activities of three comrades of the "Musketeer" type, whose humour is largely alcoholic..." (Argus 4 December 1933, p.5)

'Waltzing Matilda' 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 February no. 29993 1934; (p. 6)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV
Winter Garden Theatre 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 5 March no. 162 1934; (p. 4)

— Review of Waltzing Matilda Pat Hanna , George Breston , John Macleod , 1933 single work film/TV
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