Barnaby and Me (1979)


Norman Panama’s penultimate directorial effort, Barnaby and Me was originally filmed for Australian television. The title character is a talented Koala Bear, who is to Australian fans what Benji is to Americans. Pausing in his escape from a vengeful mobster, American con artist Caesar falls in love with Juliet Mills, whose daughter Sally Boyden keeps Barnaby as her pet. The kooky koala teans up with Caesar for a series of picaresque adventures.

Director: Norman Panama.
Stars: Sid Caesar, Juliet Mills, Sally Boyden, Rangi Nikora, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Kenneth Laird, Dave Allenby, James Condon, Bruce Spence.


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