This Australian feature is a biography of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, one of that country's early aviators. Randell stars as the pioneer flier, who goes through various adventures. He makes the first round-Australia flight and then, backed by the government, flies across the Pacific Ocean
in his airplane, the Southern Cross. Later he tries to start his own airline, but meets with adversity. Finally Randell attempts to win a British-Australian mail contract and disappears on the flight home from London. Also portrayed is his romance with Steinbeck, whom he eventually marries. None
of this is terribly exciting or well thought out. The script gives Randell no room to act, and he's not helped by the weak direction. The supporting cast is mediocre, with Steinbeck utterly useless in her underdeveloped role. The photography's not bad, but there's a preponderance of stock airplane
footage mixed into the film. The story is told in a documentary style that just doesn't pay off.
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