The Kelly Gang

The Kelly Gang is an Australian feature-length film about the Australian bush ranger, Ned Kelly. The film was released in 1920, and is the second film to be based on the life of Ned Kelly, the first being The Story of the Kelly Gang, released in 1906.[2]

The Kelly Gang
Godfrey Cass as Ned Kelly
Directed byHarry Southwell
Produced byHarry Southwell
Written byHarry Southwell
StarringGodfrey Cass
Victor Upton-Brown
Horace Crawford
CinematographyCharles Herschell
Southwell Screen Plays
Release date
21 February 1920
Running time
7,500 feet
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles
Box office£20,000[1]


  • Godfrey Cass as Ned Kelly
  • Victor Upton-Brown as Dan Kelly
  • Horace Crawford as Joe Byrne
  • Jack McGowan as Steve Hart
  • Robert Inman as Aron Sherritt
  • Thomas Sinclair as Sergeant Kennedy
  • Harry Southwell as Sergeant Steele
  • Cyril Mackay as Constable McIntyre
  • Adele Inman as Kate Kelly
  • Maud Appleton as Ms Kelly
  • Frank Tomlin as Constable Scanlon


Filming took place in late 1919 in a temporary studio in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg with additional scenes shot on the outskirts of Melbourne at Croydon and Warburton.[3]


At the time the New South Wales government had banned films on bushranging but this movie escaped it, most likely due to its opening warning against breaking the law. The movie was reasonably successful.[2]

Other Ned Kelly films


  1. "£100,000 SPENT." Advocate (Burnie, Tas) 5 Jan 1928: 6 accessed 6 December 2011
  2. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 96.
  3. "In the Theatres". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 1 May 1920. p. 6. Retrieved 25 July 2012.

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