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Directed by Ken G. Hall
Produced by N. P. Perry
Written by John Dhandler
and Alec Coppel
Starring Ron Randell
John Tate
Muriel Steinbeck
Joy Nichols
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
John Dease
P. G. Taylor
Alec Kellaway
Music by Henry Krips
Cinematography George Heath
Release date(s) 1946
Running time 119 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Smithy is a 1946 film about pioneering Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his flight across the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco, California, United States to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia during 1928. This was the first-ever trans-Pacific flight. Kingsford Smith was the pilot of the Fokker F.VII/3m three-engine monoplane "Southern Cross", with Australian aviator Charles Ulm as the relief pilot. The other two crew members were Americans James Warner and Harry Lyon.

The film Smithy was known as "Pacific Adventure" in the United States and as "Southern Cross" in the United Kingdom. The cast list for the movie included: Ron Randell as Charles Kingsford Smith and John Tate as the relief pilot Charles Ulm. Charles 'Bud' Tingwell was also a member of the cast as a control tower officer. The director of the film was Ken G. Hall. The aircraft used for the filming was the genuine Southern Cross.


  • "The Australian Film and Television Companion" — compiled by Tony Harrison — Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994

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