Tal Ordell is perhaps best known as an actor, and particularly for his characterisation of Dave in On Our Selection films, but he also directed the one very enjoyable feature, in which he also appears as a madcap commentator. Pike & Cooper also credit him with directing a 'two-reel' [short] comedy, Cows and Cuddles.
Born possibly 1880 in Calcutta, as William Ordell Raymond Buntine, he was later to have a son, Robin, known as 'Pop', who appears in The Kid Stakes, and who died, sadly, in WW2. Tal Ordell died not long after, in 1948.
The Kid Stakes (Tal Ordell, 1927) 'Pop' Ordell, Charles Roberts, Ray Salmon, Frank Boyd; based on the character of Fatty Finn, as created by cartoonist, Syd Nicholls (1896-1977), first film to be based on a comic strip; Fatty Finn is the only comic character in Australia to have inspired two films; story concerns goat racing
Films in which Tal Ordell appeared
The Hayseeds' Back-blocks Show (1917)
The Hayseeds Come to Sydney (1917)
The Hayseeds' Melbourne Cup (1918)
Man From Snowy River, The (Beaumont Smith, 1920) Cyril Mackay, Stella Southern, Tal Ordell; 61 min.
On Our Selection (Raymond Longford, 1920) stories by Steele Rudd; Percy Walshe, Beatrice Esmond, Tal Ordell; comedy
Silks and Saddles (1920)
The Gentleman Bushranger (1921)
Rudd's New Selection (1921)
While the Billy Boils (1921)
The Kid Stakes (1927)
The Sentimental Bloke (F. W. Thring, 1932) wr. C. J. Dennis; Cecil Scott, Ray Fisher, Tal Ordell; 92 min.
The Hayseeds (1933)
Harvest Gold (1945)
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