On the Friendly Road

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
On the Friendly Road
Directed by Rudall Hayward
Based on radio show by Colin Scrimgeour
Release dates
Running time
7592 ft
84 min
Country New Zealand
Language English
Budget £800 (initial)

On the Friendly Road is a 1936 film from New Zealand which told a story of New Zealand in the depression.[1][2]

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