On the Friendly Road
|On the Friendly Road|
|Directed by||Rudall Hayward|
|Based on||radio show by Colin Scrimgeour|
It is one of four films made in 1935 (with The Devil's Pit, Down on the Farm, and Hei Tiki) which lay claim to be the first 'New Zealand talkie", although dubious as the film was not released until 1936.
The plot involves Mac McDermitt who is wrongly accused of theft and imprisoned, but is finally vindicated and cleared. The crusading Rev Colin Scrimgeour also starred. Sam Edwards said it has one-dimensional characters so is melodramatic, and "has not improved with age".
John Mackie as Mac McDermitt
- New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p49 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) ISBN 019 558336 1
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