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Nola - Our Own New Zealand Girl

Television (Full Length) – 1985

Nola Luxford was one of the first Kiwi actors in Hollywood and a fondly remembered wartime club hostess. This documentary — made before renewed attention thanks to Carole Van Grondelle's definitive bio Angel of the Anzacs — sees Luxford bypass troubled times and adoration from author Zane Grey to recall decades in America. These encompassed pioneering radio work in the 30s and 40s, a film career, and most poignantly, her legendary World War II Anzac club that welcomed 35,000 soldiers to New York. There are also clips from her 1925 silent film The Prince of Pep.

Nola made her final trip to New Zealand for the showing of (this) documentary...she was eighty-nine.
– Carole Van Grondelle, page 224

Key Cast & Crew

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Julienne Stretton

Producer, Writer, Director

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Nola Luxford

Subject

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Frances Knott

Sound

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Steve Marlow

Sound

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Ray Ambraziunas

Camera

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Simon Sedgley

Editor

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Produced by

Bluestockings Productions