Shadow of the Boomerang

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Shadow of the Boomerang
Directed by Dick Ross
Produced by Dick Ross
Written by Dick Ross
John Ford
Starring Georgia Lee
Dickie Jones
Jimmy Little
Music by Ralph Carmichael
Cinematography Mark McDonald
James B. Drought
Edited by Irvin Berlin
Word Wide Pictures
Distributed by MGM
Release date
17 August 1961
Running time
98 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget £75,000[1]

Shadow of the Boomerang is a 1960 Australian drama film directed by Dick Ross and written by Dick Ross and John Ford. It was a 'Christian Western' about a cattle station manager who learns to overcome his prejudice against aboriginals.


An American brother and sister, Bob and Kathy Prince, have come to Australia to manage a cattle station owned by their father Bob. Bob is prejudiced against aboriginals. He refuses to let stockman Johnny attend Billy Graham's 1959 crusade of Australia. However Johnny is fatally gored to death after saving Bob from being attacked by a boar. Bob overcomes his prejudice.



The film was inspired by Billy Graham's 1959 crusade and was made by World Wide Pictures, the film arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In October 1959, the American director, Dick Ross, and stars, arrived in Sydney. Ross co-wrote the script with Australian author John Ford. Filming started in November and mostly took place near Camden.[1] The movie was made with funds raised during the crusade and took 25 days to shoot.[3]

The film starred Marcia Hathaway, who was killed by a shark in 1963. She had become a born again Christian during Billy Graham's visit to Australia in 1959.[4] She is the last person to date to be killed by a shark in Sydney Harbour.[5][6]

Aboriginal singer Jimmy Little made his film debut.


  1. ^ a b Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 230
  2. ^ "ANOTHER FIND BY COL JOYE.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 27 December 1961. p. 41 Supplement: Teenagers' Weekly. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "A film of the Graham Crusade.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 12 April 1961. p. 5. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
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  6. ^ World Shark Attack Database

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