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Sunshine Sally

Sunshine Sally** (Lawson Harris, 1922) aka Winnie of Woolloomooloo; prod. Lawson Harris, Yvonne Pavis, Austral Super Films, wr. John Cosgrove, dp Arthur Higgins, 5000 ft.; Yvonne Pavis, Joy Revelle, John Cosgrove, Dinks Patterson, Mrs Hutton, J P O'Neill, Sheila Moore, Lionel Lunn, Mervyn Barrington, Maude Ranier. "Sal is rescued from the surf at Coogee by a bronzed lifesaver, Basil Stanton, and is taken to his wealthy Potts Point home to recuperate." (Pike & Cooper)

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John Cosgrove, J.P. O'Neill, Yvonne Pavis

Although owing much to The Sentimental Bloke (1919), Sunshine Sally offered a charming portrait of life in the 'Loo, with a rich variety of affectionate incident and detail: the work of Spud and Skinny as hawkers, with a horse that imitates Skinny's habit of crossing his legs whenever he pauses for a chat; the boat-ride and the games on the picnic; Spud and Skinny's drunken delirium at the time of their arrest; and the comical attempts of Sal to learn etiquette in the Stanton home. Much of the film is preserved today in the National Film and Sound Archive and it is clearly a work of confident professionalism, offering a perceptive portrait of a distinctively Australian lifestyle. The American star, Yvonne Pavis, and her American director, Lawson Harris, had not only sympathy and clarity of vision but also the ability to express themselves effectively on film, creating credible characters and capturing thoroughly colloquial dialogue in the intertitles. Pike & Cooper.

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References and Links

Pike & Cooper: 113-114.

Wikipedia page

See also: Circumstance.

Joy Revelle, Yvonne Pavis


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