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Rank's men to make children's films here

BKITISH cinemagnate J. Arthur Rank's fast expanding organisation plans to make several children's films as full-length features in Aus

tralia this year.

Success of producer Ralph Smart's Bush Christmas — made in Australia last year for Gau mont-British Instructional Films — is behind the move. Bruce Woolf, managing direc tor of this company, says: 'Btish Christmas is such an excellent film that it justifies production of more similar children's movies. 'Australia has first-class ma terial; and we hope to get every thing ready soon.' The Rank organisation is hop ing to get Ralph Smart (copro ducer of The Overlanders before he made Bush Christmas) to carry on this Australian film job. Says Smart: 'I want to make -a really swift, exciting serial

story for youngsters. 'I may possibly tell the ad ventures of a family of Austra lian children who live outback.' At The Theatre ?THE Day family on the stage and the thin ranks in front of it went happily through the homespun humanisms of Life With Father last night but in what unhappily amounted to splendid isolation. This notable play was ade quately acted (principally, Leo nard Lord), quite adroitly pro duced and lacking nothing of first-night glitter apart from a sizable first-night audience. It deserves a better fate. — HIS MAJESTY'S.