The Overlanders (1946)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Docudrama  |   Release Date - Sep 27, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Australia , United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Australian action star Chips Rafferty heads the cast of The Overlanders. The time is World War II, and we know one thing for sure: Rafferty is no "Hud." When ordered to kill 1000 head of cattle rather than risk losing them to the Japanese, Rafferty herds the beef-on-hoof across the Australian continent. The 2000-mile cattle drive costs dearly in terms of personal losses to Rafferty and his fellow drovers, but in the end their sacrifices are worth it. The Overlanders is based on a true story, and was specifically selected for adaptation to film as a congratulatory morale-booster for postwar Australian audiences. The film was the first non-British film to be produced by Michael Balcon's Ealing Studio.

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Australia, cattle-drive, cattlemen, cattle, herd [group], livestock, patriotism, stampede, Japan