The Overlanders

  • 1946
  • Adventure
  • GBR
Inspired by a true tale, this film follows horseman Dan McAlpine (Chips Rafferty) as he guides a massive herd of cattle across the punishing terrain of northern Australia. At the outset of World War II, Dan is advised to kill the animals, lest they be used to feed Japanese troops. Instead, he and a diverse group of hired hands and volunteers take the cattle over mountains and across rivers, in an attempt to reach what they hope is safety on the furthest reaches of the country's east coast.


Dan McAlpine
Bill Parsons
Mary Parsons
Mrs. Parsons
Helen Parsons


Harry Watt Director, Screenwriter
Michael Balcon Producer
Ralph Smart Producer
John Ireland Original Music
Osmond Borradaile Cinematographer
Inman Hunter Film Editor