Three in One (film)

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Three in One is a 1957 Australian anthology film directed by Cecil Holmes and starring Reg Lye. It consists of three separate stories, "A Load of Wood", "The City" and "Joe Wilson's Mates".

Three in One
Directed byCecil Holmes
Produced byCecil Holmes
Written byRex Rienits (Joe Wilson's Mates & The Load of Wood)
Ralph Peterson (The City)
Based onstories by Henry Lawson (Joe Wilson's Mates)
Frank Hardy (The Load of Wood)
StarringReg Lye
Narrated byJohn McCallum
Music byRaymond Hanson
CinematographyRoss Wood
Edited byA. William Copeland
Australian Tradition Films
Release date
1957 (Australia)
Running time
89 mins
Budget₤28,000[1] or £8,000[2]


In Joe Wilson's Mates, Joe Wilson dies alone in a small town during the 1890s without friend or family. But because he carries a union card the local union member give him a decent burial.

The Load of Wood is set during the 1930s. Two men are doing relief work but can not afford to buy enough fuel to keep their families warm. They steal a truck of wood from a rich man's estate and distribute it around to need families.

In The City a young factory worker and ship assistant plan to marry but cannot afford it. The argue an walk the streets but realise they love each other.


Joe Wilson's MatesEdit

  • Reg Lye as the swaggie
  • Edmund Allison as Tom Stevens
  • Alexander Archdale as Firbank
  • Charles Tasman as the undertaker
  • Don McNiven as Patrick Rooney
  • Jerold Wells as Wally
  • Chris Kempster as Longun
  • Brian Anderson as Joe
  • Kenneth Warren as Andy
  • Evelyn Docker as Maggie
  • Ben Gabriel as the priest
  • the Bushwacker's Band

The Load of WoodEdit

  • Jock Levy as Darkie
  • Leonard Thiele as Ernie
  • Ossie Wenban as Sniffy
  • John Armstrong as Chilla
  • Jim Doone as Joe
  • Ted Smith as Coulson
  • Edward Lovell as The
  • Keith Howard as Shea
  • Eileen Ryan as Mrs Johnson

The CityEdit

  • Joan Landor as Kathie
  • Brian Vicary as Ted
  • Betty Lucas as Freda
  • Gordon Glenwright as Alex
  • Ken Wayne as first cab driver
  • Stewart Ginn as second cab driver
  • Alan Trevor as preacher
  • PatMartin as customer
  • Margaret Christensen as customer
  • Alastair Roberts as bodgie


Filming for tall three stories took place at Pagewood Studios before and after Smiley was shot there in 1955. Exteriors for the first two stories were shot in Camden and locations for the third were filmed on Sydney streets.[1]


The film was positively received by overseas critics and screened at a number of festivals (including one in Communist China[3]) but struggled to obtain commercial release in Australia. It failed to recover its cost and Australian Tradition Films was liquidated in 1959.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998
  2. ^ In the Picture Sight and Sound; London Vol. 27, Iss. 6, (Fall 1958): 276.
  3. ^ "Picture Shows In Red China". The Canberra Times. 3 April 1958. p. 4. Retrieved 10 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.

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