Dad and Dave Come to Town
Life is busy on the Rudd farm: Dave keeps inventing things, Joe has a toothache, and Billy Ryan wants to marry Sarah Rudd - but Dad is feuding with Billy's father, Old Man Ryan, who wants to buy Dad's bottom paddock.
‘It’s got yokels loose in the city, two great juveniles, witty dialogue, comic dogs, Bert Bailey acting up a storm, a young Peter Finch making his mark, slapstick, Shirley Ann Richards and Billy Rayes lighting sparks off each other, and that great feeling of inclusiveness, tolerance, family and mateship that marks the best of Australian populist entertainment – the same sort we later saw in The Overlanders (1946), They’re a Weird Mob (1966) and Crocodile Dundee (1986).’ – Stephen Vagg, AFI Blog
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An image of Shirley Ann Richards and Bill Hayes features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.