Smiley Gets a Gun

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.

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Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byAnthony Kimmins
Written byAnthony Kimmins
Rex Rienits
Based onnovel by Moore Raymond
StarringSybil Thorndike
Chips Rafferty
Music byWilbur Sampson
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Edited byG. Turney-Smith
Canberra Films
London Films
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
May 1958 (UK)
December 1958 (Australia)
Running time
90 mins
United Kingdom


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 .22 caliber £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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