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Issue Details: First known date: 1970... 1970 Flash Johnny
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The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):

'JOHNNY MILES. Aboriginal boxer. Aged 20 plus. Being trained for Australian championship fight. Johnny is intelligent and reasonably educated. He is easy-going about most things, but has a streak of temper and is upset by Ruthie who taunts him about his colour. As a result of Ruthie's interference, Johnny hits his sparring partner so hard that the sparring partner appears to have died as a result.

'RUTHIE MILES. Johnny's wife. Aged 20 plus. She is an ex come-on dancer in a tent show who previously felt that marriage to Johnny would be desirable. Now, however, she blames her marriage to an aboriginal [sic] for her lack of success as an actress, refusing the realise [sic] that this is caused by her own lack of ability. She resents Johnny's success in his own field, and seizes the opportunity to kill his sparring partner, hoping Johnny will be blamed.

'VIC AHEARN. Johnny's trainer. Aged 40 plus. He is grooming Johnny for the title fight but knows that Johnny can't win, and hopes to pick up a packet by betting against Johnny.

'TONY MALLOY. Aged 40 plus. A smooth, dangerous S.P. bookie who has combined with Ahearn to make money out of Johnny's certain loss of his title fight. Driver.

'WALTER CARSON. Johnny's sparring partner and the murder victim. Older than Johnny. A near punchy ex-fighter, who was quite promising when young, but who later degenerated to fighting in a tent show. He is an amiable soul, none too bright. Ruthie pretends friendship with him in order to annoy Johnny. Boxer.

'CHIPPER. A lad, at present doing odd jobs around the training camp, but hoping to be a fighter one day. Young and arrogant. Boxer.

'BUILDER. Age optional. A tradesman doing jobs around the camp. Driver.

'PATHOLOGIST. A competent man who delivers Fox information about the medical aspects of the case.

'SPARRING PARTNER. A young boxer - prospective sparring partner for Johnny after the death of Walter Carson.'


  • This entry has been compiled from archival research in the Crawford Collection (AFI Research Collection), undertaken by Dr Catriona Mills under the auspices of the 2012 AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) Research Fellowship.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1970 .
      person or book cover
      Script cover page (Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 81p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The Crawford Collection contains two copies of the script (each eighty-one pages, and each labelled 'Episode KV' on the cover page), filed separately but with a single catalogue number (hence the single holdings note below).
      • According to a notation in the top right-hand corner of the cover page, one copy of the script was designated for Henry Crawford: there are no signs of annotations on this copy of the script.
      • According to a notation in the top right-hand corner of the cover page, one copy of the script was designated for 'Audio 2'. This copy is annotated in blue felt pen, black ink, and blue ink. The blue felt pen annotations are audio cues. The black ink annotations are alterations to the dialogue and seem to be in two different hands. The blue ink annotations are also alterations to the dialogue. Many pages have no annotations at all, whereas others are annotated extensively: see, for example, page 36, where every line of dialogue has been amended.
      • The two copies of the script are essentially identical: the typed content is identical across the two scripts, so the alterations to the dialogue made in the second copy are not reflected in Henry Crawford's copy.
      • The final page of the scripts includes a list of crew credits:
        Written by Ron McLean.
        Edited by Graham Foreman.
        Typed by Shirley Ballard, Monica Crogan, Christine Brown.
        Checked by Hilary Burgess, Christine Brown, Shirley Ballard, Monica Crogan.
        Duplicated by Dennis Ingham.
        The section below this for 'Producer's Remarks' has been left blank.


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: SC HOM : 268
Last amended 17 Apr 2013 15:11:59