Smiley Gets a Gun

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Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Produced by Anthony Kimmins
Written by Anthony Kimmins
Rex Rienits
Based on novel by Moore Raymond
Starring Sybil Thorndike
Chips Rafferty
Music by Wilbur Sampson
Cinematography Edward Scaife
Edited by G. Turney-Smith
Canberra Films
London Films
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date
May 1958 (UK)
December 1958 (Australia)
Running time
90 mins
Country Australia
United Kingdom
Language English

Smiley Gets a Gun is a 1958 Australian film in CinemaScope and Technicolor directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring Sybil Thorndike and Chips Rafferty. It is the sequel to the 1956 film Smiley.


A young boy named Smiley desperately wants a gun. A deal is made between him and Sergeant Flaxman that if he gets 8 nicks (marks on a certain tree) for his good deeds he will get a £2 rifle. He has several adventures and is accused of stealing some gold. Smiley runs away but the real thief is caught and Smiley is rewarded with a gun.



The novel Smiley had been so popular that author Moore Raymond followed it up with Smiley Gets a Gun in 1947.[1]

The actor who first played Smiley, Colin Petersen, had moved to England, meaning a replacement had to be found. Anthony Kimmins looked at over 4,000 other applicants before finding Keith Calvert.[2] Moore Raymond also had returned to England, writing Smiley comics for Swift Comics. Kimmins' daughter Verena who helped the young actors in the Smiley had a featured role in the film.

Filming took eight weeks towards the end of 1957. Shooting took place at Camden and Pagewood Studios.[3]


The film was less successful than its predecessor and a proposed third film, Smiley Wins the Ashes, was never made.[4]


  1. ^ "YOUNG AUSTRALIAN". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 14 February 1947. p. 13 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Smiley and his gun". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 25 December 1957. p. 10. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "SMILEY GETS A GUN". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 3 September 1958. p. 66. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p226

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