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Sentimental Bloke, The

Synopsis
Feature film about working class barrowman redeemed by the love of a good woman. Bill, the bloke, decides to reform his drinking and gambling ways after he has been jailed for hitting a policeman during a raid on a two-up game. After his release from jail the bloke sees Doreen in the market and romance begins. Bill narrates the story of his courtship and marriage to Doreen including a visit to the theatre to see a production of Romeo and Juliet. Bill explains the action to Doreen in Australian idiom. The intertitles in the film derive largely from the original verse by C.J. Dennis who makes an on-screen appearance at the beginning of the film. The film was originally tinted and toned.
Country
Australia
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1919
Recording date
4 Oct 1919
Duration
75 mins; 6,713 feet

Credits

Director
Raymond Longford
Producer
Raymond Longford
Cinematographer
Arthur Higgins
Writer
C.J. Dennis
Screenplay
Lottie Lyell; Raymond Longford
Cast
Arthur TauchertBill, the Sentimental Bloke
Lottie LyellDoreen

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget £2000.
General
Filmed in the back streets of Woolloomooloo and other inner city suburbs of Sydney,

The film was remade in 1932, a copy of which is also held in the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
History
The film was not a success in the United States where test audiences failed to understand the language. Despite being recut with Americanised intertitles, having some scenes cut out, and being renamed for the American market as ‘The Story of a Tough Guy’ it was withdrawn from distribution. Since then the original negative sent to the US has been discovered (mislabelled as ‘The Sentimental Blonde’) at the Film Archive at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. Found to be a different version and of a better quality print than any of the Australian copies, this ‘new’ version premiered at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival and has played at the 2005 London Film Festival [Wikipedia]. The reconstructed version is 97mins.

Production Company

Name

Southern Cross Feature Film

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

George Eastman House

Email
filmstudycenter@geh.org
Web
http://www,eastmanhouse.org External site opens in new window
Phone
1-585 272 3361
Fax
1-585 272 3970
Address
Motion Picture Department
900 East Avenue
Rochester
NY 14607
Name

National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA), Canberra

Email
access@nfsa.gov.au
Web
http://www.nfsa.gov.au External site opens in new window
Phone
+61 2 6248 2000
Fax
+61 2 6248 2222
Address
GPO Box 202
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

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