Robbery under Arms

Robbery Under Arms (Kenneth Brampton, 1920) Pacific Photo Plays, wr. Kenneth Brampton, from the novel by Rolf Boldrewood, dp Lacey Percival; Kenneth Brampton, S. A. Fitzgerald, Ronald Conway, Cliff Pyatt, Roy Redgrave; 5200 ft

Brampton staged the film in strikingly beautiful locations at Braidwood and in the Araluen Valley near Canberra, a location used decades later for the British production of Ned Kelly (1970). Distribution was handled by Beaumont Smith, and the film opened at the Strand Theatre, Melbourne on 2 October 1920 and in Sydney a month later. Theatre was unimpressed: 'It has plenty of action; but the titling is poor; and, unlike Boldrewood's book, the interest never grips.' Commercial results from the film seen to have been fairly solid, but Brampton, an experienced stage and screen actor, did not direct another film for two years. In passing, it is worth noting that the supporting cast included the young Charles Chauvel in an unidentified bit part; Chauvel at this time was working around the Sydney studios attending to horses and assisting with mechanical chores. Pike & Cooper: 101.


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