A RESTFUL, JOYFUL PICTURE THAT SOOTHES AND ENTERTAINS '
"SEVEN LITTLE AUSTRALIANS"
COME TO LIFE ON THE SCREEN
If was a happy combination of circumstances which brought together an Australian authoress of international reputation and a Hollywood director of such experience and sympathy with young life as Arthur Greville Collins.
Arthur Collins, a constant searcher after books with screen possibilities, happened to be in Sydney on his leisurely way back to Hollywood. He read "Seven Little Australians" and im- mediately visualised it in motion-picture form. He just could not resist the temptation to produce it under the natural conditions of sunshine, freedom and happiness in which it was written, and his enthusiasm brought about the formation of the "O.B." Pictures Pty. Ltd., of which Edward H. O'Brien, well known in Sydney business circles, is Chairman of Directors. The "Seven
Little Australians" is the first product of this new Company.
Many thousands of women readers -and many men also-have cherished from their early days the genial thoughts and memories inspired by their first reading of Ethel Turner's famous book "Seven Little Australians." The greatest testimony to the natural charm and human interest of this fine story is the fact that it has been trans- lated into most of the civilised
languages of the world. Wherever there are human hearts and kindly thoughts, this simple narrative of Aus- tralian domestic life strikes a responsive
The eagerly awaited appearance of the "Seven Little Australians" in screen form has at last become an accom- plished fact. Certain minor alterations of time and theme have been made
to the original story to suit modern requirements, but those who retain
affectionate memories of the book will have no difficulty in recognising its familiar incidents and following its sequence in the screen version.
Arthur Greville Collins, who acted in the dual capacity of Producer-Director, has many previous directoral successes to his name. During his eleven years association in Hollywood with Warner Bros, and 20th Century Fox, he has put through their paces such stars as David Niven, Errol Flynn, Margaret Lindsay, Anita Louise, Arthur Treacher, Edward
Everett Horton, Dolores Del Rio, Warren William and Glenda Farrell. Seldom, if ever before, has any Aus- tralian picture been produced or directed by an expert of such overseas knowledge and reputation. Mr. Collins anticipated, naturally, some difficulty in obtaining a junior cast to fill the characters of the "Seven Little Aus- tralians," ranging as they do from 2 to l8 years of age, but he quickly found that his greatest trouble became the matter of selection from the abundance of Australian natural talent which pre sented itself. He is loud in his praises
of the unspoiled natural acting of his young Australians, which he considers
far ahead of the stilted or precocious 'efforts of more widely known screen children overseas. None of the seven
youngsters has over previously ap- peared on the screen and considerable credit is due to the teaching of the various local histrionic schools and clubs from which several of them have graduated.
The photographs in these columns show you the seven young people around whose life and escapades the plot centres.
The senior cast is composed of many actors and actresses well-known to
Sydney audiences through the stage,
screen and radio, and includes such familiar names as Patricia McDonald as
"Esther," Charles McCalluin as "Capt. Woolcot," Harold Meade, John Fern- side, John Wiltshire, Letty Craydon, Connie Martyn, Carl Francis, Nan Taylor and Nellie Lamport. "SEVEN LITTLE
AUSTRALIANS" OPENS TO-MORROW,
AT THE LYCEUM.