Donna Reed meets a crusty sergeant


“The Man from Down Under” was released on August 4, 1943.

The film starred Charles Laughton as a crusty old Sergeant of the Queen's Australian army in World War I who befriends and raises two war orphans. Donna Reed played the role of Mary Wilson, one of the orphans.


The movie was called "Hollywood's first full-length film dealing exclusively with Australia and Australians." Director Robert Leonard wanted to use establishing shots of Sydney but the censors would not permit the display of any aerial shots of the city.