Australian TV TV

Dead Men Running (ABC 1971 with Ewen Solon and Brendan Lunney)

Australia / ABC / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 February – 17 March 1971 shown Wednesdays at 8.30pm in black and white

Writers: Harold Lander, Eric Taylor / Novel: D’Arcy Niland / Producer/Director: Eric Taylor

The story of the influence an older man has over a youth with loner Starkey Moore (living in the outback town of Hope) discovering a young man collapsed by the road during a storm, he nurses him back to health and also proceeds to teach him a few things about life, one of the things he teaches the young lad, Joey, is that if he (Joey) has a good enough reason then he can kill Starkey.

Set between the years 1910 and 1916 and filmed in NSW (the town of Gulgong). Gulgong was chosen because it had changed little since before the first world war with the town making an effort to preserve its architecture, the serial was filmed over three weeks and many of the townspeople appeared as extras in the production.

cast
EWEN SOLON as Starkey Moore
BRENDAN LUNNEY as Joey Emmett
DIANE CRAIG as Teresa Doherty
MICHAEL BODDY
DON COSBY
JACK FEGAN as Martin Walsh
CHIPS RAFFERTY
RUTH CRACKNELL
MOIRA SULLIVAN
SLIM DE GREY
DOREEN WARBURTON
BERNADETTE HUGHSON