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McDonagh Productions

Works: 2 works in 8 publications in 1 language and 8 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Silent films  Crime films 
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Most widely held works by McDonagh Productions
The Cheaters : (1929/30)( Visual )

7 editions published between 1929 and 2011 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story of crime and revenge involving the head of a crime empire and his daughter, who serves as bait to attract wealthy victims, clearly takes Hollywood society melodrama as a model although the concept of the crime empire and aspects of the design and plot are redolent of Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse, as Pike and Cooper have pointed out. Nevertheless the sometimes sardonic blend of these elements is quite original and not merely imitative. Stylistically The Cheaters is one of the most assured of surviving Australian silent films. Completed just as talkies were taking hold, unsuccessful attempts were made to release it as a partial talkie with an unsatisfactory sound-on-disc system
[Reel Australia study package : imported genres]( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

By the late teens Hollywood was the dominant economic and cultural force in the international film industry. The four features in this package at most have a touch of local colour (most notably George Wallace's comic persona in His Royal Highness) but basically they are not marked by Australian themes and settings. The Cheaters (1929) is a sophisticated society melodrama; Painted Daughters (1925) is a romantic melodrama in a vaudeville setting; Silks and Saddles (1921) is a romantic melodrama set in the world of horse-racing; His Royal Highness (1932) is a comic fantasy or burlesque operetta
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.75 (from 0.72 for [Reel Aust ... to 0.98 for [Reel Aust ...)

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