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Actor Robert Bettles had an accident during filming. Bettles fell off a pony on the second day of shooting and was hesitant to ride it again.
First film debut for John Meillon Jr. (son of John Meillon) who plays Kit Quayle.
This movie was the first full-length Disney film to be shot in Australia. This fact was prominently mentioned on the Australian movie poster.
This movie was made and released about only two years after its source novel "A Sporting Proposition" by James Aldridge was first published in 1973.
This picture was filmed around October and November 1974.
This movie was originally intended to have its Australian story re-worked to an American setting.
Producer Jerome Courtland believed that an Australian background would not effect this movie's box-office potential in the USA and as such retained the source novel's Australian characters and setting.
Several Welsh mountain ponies featured in the production of this film.
First film debut for then child actor Robert Bettles.
This film was one of the first movies filmed in Australia to have a budget over $1 million ($1,312,500US in 1974).
Approximately $50,000 [Australian] of the film's budget went into production design re-creating a 1920s milieu.
This American financed picture was shot mostly in Australia and utilized a mainly Australian crew there.
The cast of this American financed Australian set and filmed production featured an all-Australian cast except for two actors: Eva Griffith and Michael Craig.
First of four films that the then child actor Robert Bettles made with American director Don Chaffey and all were filmed in Australia. The other films were Harness Fever (1977), Shimmering Light (1978) and the South Australian Film Corporation's The Fourth Wish (1976).
Michael Craig received top / first billing, John Meillon received second billing, Robert Bettles received third billing and Eva Griffith received fourth billing.
The home of Scotty Pirie (Robert Bettles) was filmed at an outback location between the towns of Bingara and Barraba in New South Wales, Australia. This place was four hundred miles from Sydney, the same state's capital city.
The Ellison Ranch was portrayed by "Belltrees", a 40-room homestead which was built in 1907. It is situated along the Hunter River near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
The production had to wait a week before they could film at the Australian homestead "Belltrees". This was because Prince Charles was staying there.
This movie was filmed in two Australian states: Victoria and New South Wales.
First theatrical feature film for Australian actress Lorraine Bayly who played Mrs. Ellison.
Appearing in this movie were father and son, John Meillon and John Meillon Jr..
First of two theatrical feature films that American director Don Chaffey made in Australia. The other film was The Fourth Wish (1976).
First of four films that American director Don Chaffey made in Australia. Two were tele-movies and two were theatrical features.
This film is sometimes mistakenly known under the alternative title of "Born to Run". That title was the UK title and working title for Harness Fever (1977) which also features a period time, horses and an Australian setting as well as the same director (Don Chaffey) and child actor lead (Robert Bettles).
The pony's real name was Frank.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Michael Craig||-||James Ellison|
|John Meillon||-||Charles E. Quayle|
|Robert Bettles||-||Scotty Pirie|
|Eva Griffith||-||Josie Ellison|
|Graham Rouse||-||Bluey Waters|
|Alfred Bell||-||Angus Pirie|
|John Meillon Jr.||-||Kit Quayle|
|Roy Haddrick||-||J.C. Strapp|
|Peter Gwynne||-||Sgt. Collins|
|Melissa Jaffer||-||Mrs. Pirie|
|Lorraine Bayly||-||Mrs. Ellison|
|Wendy Playfair||-||Mrs. Quayle|
|Elizabeth Alexander||-||Miss Hildebrand (teacher)|
|Kate Clarkson||-||Jeannie Quayle|