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  • 1952 FILM

    Theatre in Australia 1789-1951

    Made by The National Film Board 1952. Directed by Doc K. Sternberg. Footage from this film was used extensively in "Last Drinks" but is a comprehensive and important record of the performing arts in Australia half a century ago. This film, with material from scrapbooks, rehearsals and performances, covers conventional theatre including old time melodrama, the Mercury Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan, J.C. Williamson. There are performances from Ivan Menzies and a young Peter Finch, and Doris Fitton's production of Rusty Bugles. It is a long film, but it has a lot to cover, since almost everything that would today be considered serious theatre was then happening in a scattered and disparate little theatre movement.

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