Australia’s first big motion picture production was given a private preview in the St. Francis Hotel, Berkeley, Cal., on the evening of December 16 before an assemblage of several hundred invited guests. The general opinion was that if future productions maintain the high standard set in this one, Australia will have to be reckoned with as a production field. […]
THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE is adapted from C. J. Dennis’ book of verse of that name, a work that has few equals in the realm of dialect verse. The story is compelling in its interest and the film bears none of the earmarks of crudity that usually distinguish the first effort of a producer. It runs smoothly from the beginning to end, with its absorbing comedy being heightened by the droll bits of verse that make up the titles.
Arthur Tauchert fills the title role of “The Bloke” to perfection and his experiences in meeting Doreen, delightfully portrayed by Lottie Lyell; his courtship, the lover’s quarrel, getting acquainted with “Mar“ and finally getting married and settling down on a berry farm, make film entertainment par excellence. The story depicts true metropolitan and rural life in the Antipodes and has more than ordinary educational value, as there is not a bit of “built” exterior in the entire six reels.
The Moving Picture World, January 3, 1920
We are showing this film as part of a double programme. The first film is THE LOVE OF THE LITTLE DANCER'S LIFE