Bush Christmas

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Bush Christmas can be described as an Australian western, albeit with a juvenile slant (indeed, it was produced on behalf of J. Arthur Rank's Children's Cinema Club). Set in the mountains of New South Wales, the story concerns a family of Australian kids who are heading homeward for the Christmas holidays. En route, they unwittingly provide the information which enables a band of thieves to steal their father's horses. Deciding to set things right on their own, the children head into the Blue Mountains to track down the thieves, relying on Aborginal survival skills to keep themselves going. The nominal star is the popular Chips Rafferty, playing a misleading likeable horse rustler. Though initially released in England in June of 1947, Bush Christmas has since become a TV Yuletide perennial throughout the English-speaking world.


Chips Rafferty
as Long Bill
Stan Tolhurst
as Blue Kennedy
Pat Penny
as Henry Thompson - Father
Thelma Grigg
as Mrs. Thompson - Mother
Clyde Combo
as Old Jack
John McCallum
as Narrator
Nicky Yardley
as Snow Thompson
Morris Unicombe
as John Thompson
Michael Yardley
as Michael Thompson
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Audience Reviews for Bush Christmas

  • Dec 30, 2009
    I thought it was enjoyable for what it was. Those were some pretty smart kids!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    This is a Christmas Film in Australlia, remember they are in there Summer Season in July, 4 kids, track down some horse theifs, In this day and age for those under 14 years of age, and it will hold there interest. A good one for horse lovers.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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