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[BIG STARS FOR
1 ' SUNDOWNERS '
By AINSLIE BAKEB
. By mid-September international movie cameras will again be turning in Australia and world stars will be acting an Austra-
THE stars are Deborah
Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Peter Ustinov, who will play the three main characters in "The Sundowners," Jon
rv s story of an outback husband and wife and an English remittance man with whom they join forces.
Fred Zinnemann, winner of eight Academy Award Oscars, will direct Ithe film. Among his outstanding pic-
tures have been "High Noon," "From Here to Eternity," and "Oklahoma!"
His most recent film was "The
Nun's Storv." with Audrey Hep-
burn and Australian Peter Finch.
lt was Zinncmann, known as Mr. Zee, who guided Brando through his debut film, "The Men.''
Tho Sundowners' isn't going to 'v a Western," Zinnemann said. "It's a warm, glowing story of Australian people. That was the quality that
first drew me to the book."
It will be filmed in color, in typical sheep country-most likely
in New South Wales. A dozen or
so key supporting roles will go to
The Sundowners" will be the ond film together for Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, who starred with excellent results in "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison," in 1957, when Deborah earned an Academy Award nomin- ation as the shipwrecked Irish nun.
Of Deborah in her new role of Ida Carmody, the outback wife, Zin- nemann s"Md, "Deborah is always interested in a character that has truthfulness, as this one has. That is when she does her best work."
Deborah herself has said of Jon deary's story, "It's one of the most wonderful books I've read. So very humorous, human, and exciting.''
Deborah's divorce from Anthony Bartley is still being held up pend- ing property settlements. The pair parted last year after Bartley charged that screenwriter Peter Viertel had enticed Deborah away
Mitchum's role of Paddy- Car
mody was to have been played by Gary Cooper, but Gary, for per- sonal reasons, did not want to be away from America for the two or three months' filming in Australia.
Asked if he was happy about Mit chum as a replacement, Zinnemann said, "I am. Mitchum will be right.
He looks like a man who could work for his living, and that's what
Mitchum. who was being rude, moody, and difficult in Hollywood before anyone had ever heard the name Marlon Brando, is now 40 with a grown-up son, Jim, who appeared with him in his own film production "Thunder Road." Bob has recently invested some of his film earnings in a ranch in Mary-
He is due to make a film, "A Terrible Beauty," in Ireland, be- fore coming to Australia.
Zinnemann says that he thinks author - playwright - actor - satirist Ustinov will be '"just wonderful as the English remittance man."
Coming to Australia with brilliant,
versatile Ustinov will be his French Canadian wife, Suzanne, and their children, Pavla (4) and Igor (2).
"Everywhere I go, my family go with me," said the man who has been called "'a prodigious jack-of-all
arts." "I can't work without hav- ing my children there to crawl over me and Suzanne there to share my
Despite his Russian name, Ustinov was born and grew up in England, where his White Russian journalist father fled after the Revolution.
His most recent film is Holly- wood's "Spartacus," in which he co-starred with Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Ustinov plays the part of a Roman gladiator.
When the Ustinov's arrived in California for the film, their lug- gage consisted of a tape recorder (which Ustinov constantly used to take down ideas), a gramophone, their clothes, and two crates con- taining the children's battered and well-loved toys.
Ustinov, pictured with his wife, Su- zanne, and daughter Pavla, 4, has the role of an English remit-
POPULAR and beauti- ful Deborah Kerr will play an Australian out- back wife in the film version of Jon Cleary,s book "The Sun
SCHEDULED to star in "The Sundowners," to he made in Austra- lia, Robert Mitchum is seen here with Curt
Jürgens and Dick