Australasian Cinema > films > Strike Me Lucky, 1934
Strike Me Lucky (Ken G. Hall, 1934) Cinesound Productions, wr. Victor Roberts, George D. Parker, dp Frank Hurley, George Heath; vehicle for Roy Rene (Harry Van der Sluice aka Henry van der Sluys) as Mo McMackie; Roy Rene's father was a Dutch Jew and and his mother Anglo-Jewish; Roy Rene (Mo), Yvonne Banvard, Lorraine Smith, John D'Arcy, Eric Masters, Alex McKinnon, Dan Agar, Baby Pamela Bevan, Molly Raynor, Bert Le Blanc ; 87 mins
Roy Rene (right) in Strike Me Lucky
Roy Rene appeared in only one feature film, despite his enormous following on stage and radio as Mo McCackie, the leering Jewish clown who parodied and outraged middle-class conventions. Ken Hall's film preserved Mo's most obvious characteristics - his grotesquely exaggerated Jewishness, his sputtering delivery of mildly blue jokes, and his heavy touches of pathos - but the film failed to fulfil its promise. As Everyones, 21 November 1934, commented, the film 'will leave a wake of disappointment and disillusionment. For, except on a few occasions, Mo is not funny; and between the genuine laughs lie lengthy gaps of tedium'. Pike & Cooper: 167.
Ken Hall records that this was the only Cinesound film that took 'some years' to recover its costs. Hall 1980: 72.
Hall, Ken G. 1980, Australian Film: The Inside Story, Summit, Sydney; second edition: the first edition was entitled Directed by Ken G. Hall, 1977.
Pike, Andrew & Ross Cooper 1998, Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, revised edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
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