The Fighting Cock

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The Fighting Cock
Directed byWilliam Sterling
Written byNoel Robinson
Based onplay by Jean Anouilh
Release date
18 September 1963 (Melbourne)[1]
Running time
75 mins

The Fighting Cock is a 1963 Australian television play. It is an adaptation of a play by Jean Anouilh whose original French title was L'Hurluberlu. In English, it had a run on Broadway, starring Rex Harrison.[2]

It was made at a time Australian drama was relatively rare.[3]


  • Alexander Archdale as the general
  • Malcolm Sheild as the General's son Toto
  • Felicity Young as general's wife Algae
  • Sandra Power as Sophie
  • Elizabeth Wing as Bise
  • Williams Lloyd as Father Gregory
  • Kendrick Hudson as doctor
  • Roly Baree as Baron
  • Hugh Stewart
  • Laurence Beck
  • Frank Rich


The Sydney Morning Herald called it "a thoroughly successful production" with a "virtuoso" performance from Alexander Archdale.[4]


  1. ^ "Three TV Plays from French Writers". The Age. 12 September 1963. p. 15.
  2. ^ "The Fighting Cock – Broadway Play – Original | IBDB".
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (18 February 2019). "60 Australian TV Plays of the 1950s & '60s". Filmink.
  4. ^ "Anouilh Play on ABN 2". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 September 1963. p. 9.

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