Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang, John Carradine, George Zucco and Douglass Dumbrille are a likely bunch of quirky stars in this likeable 1939 movie, a bright and breezy period adventure yarn from comedy producer Hal Roach.
Roach favours a light touch and busy action in handling the story about a dashing Irishman, the title’s Captain Michael Fury (Aherne), a convict who is sentenced to hard labour and is sent to an early Aussie prison colony, but escapes into the Australian Outback. Along with a fellow escaped convict called Blackie (McLaglen), he organises his band of escapees to fight corrupt landlord Arnold Trist (Zucco).
It is a fast paced and fun adventure movie, with colourful performances filling in any little script gaps in the mostly entertaining and well judged screenplay by Grover Jones, Jack Jevne and William de Mille.
Also in the cast are Virginia Field, Charles Middleton, Lawrence Grossmith, Lumsden Hare, Mary Gordon, John Warburton, Claud Allister and Will Stanton.
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