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Plans For Jhihn Mere

From Our Hollywood Correspondent

A USTRALIANS will form ?**. most of the cast of "Kangaroo," the film which Lewis Milestone plans to pro-

duce in Australia.

Milestone told me this last week. He plans to leave Hollywood on August 15 with a technical crew and probably four principals, who have not yet been announced.

"We want a star of Tyrone Power's calibre," Milestone said. "If available, possibly Richard

Widmark.

"Alternatively we may get a

British star.

"The main problem in casting 'Kangaroo' is the four leads-the father, a station owner, a power- ful man of 60, a girl, his daughter (Jean Simmons would be ideal), the title role, 'Kangaroo,' a bushranger, 35 years old-(Errol Flynn would be perfect), and his partner in crime, a younger man.

"None of these are filled.

"I've been told about Chips Raf- ferty and shall test with him in Sydney at Ealing Studios, which we're renting.

"There will be 25 roles for Aus-

tralian talenf-station hands, tosvnspcople, tavern keepers, bar- maids, stage coach drivers, passen- gers, atmosphere players.

"The story concerns a group of people living on stations about 300 miles north-west of Sydney.

"If necessary we will rewrite the play to lit Australian conditions.

"I want 'Kangaroo' to be a true dramatic portrait of life in Aus- tralia in the 1880's.

"We'll decide the district for film- ing within a month of arrival.

'"We'll build sets on location and take interior shots in Ealing Stu- dios. We expect to spend six months altogether in Australia.

"We'll engage experts and tech- nical directors there."

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