Mama's Gone A-Hunting is a 1977 Australian television film. The title is taken from a nursery rhyme, called Bye Baby Hunting. The film featured many well known Australian actors of the period, including Gerard Kennedy, Carmen Duncan, and starred Judy Morris
It was one of a series of TV movies Robert Bruning made for Channel 7. He sold it to Paramount to distribute world wide.
== Plot ==
A psychiatric prison escapee, Elliot, and his partner, David decide to kidnap a baby and hold it for a $500,000 ransom.
The parents of the child, Joshua and Helena, go to the Sydney Opera House, leaving their child with a babysitter, Tessa. Before Elliot and David can complete the kidnapping, Tessa decides to take the baby for herself.
They chase after her to Sydney's Central Railway Station, where David is killed by a train while looking for Tessa. Tessa leaves the baby with an Old Woman in a restaurant at the station. She fights with Elliot, pushing him against a stone pylon, causing him to fall to his death.
Tessa returns the baby to its parents.
== Cast ==
Judy Morris as Tessa Goodman
Gerard Kennedy as Elliot Faulkner
Vince Martin as David
Peter Stratford as Joshua Stevens
Carmen Duncan as Helena Stevens
Queenie Ashton as Old Woman in Restaurant
Greg Bepper as Bellhop
Muriel Hopkins as Smoking Maid
Kerry McGuire as Concierge
== Production ==
The film was shot in Sydney.Bruning called it "a modern-day thriller. A great deal of the action happens around Central Railway Station [in Sydney] at night. It's a fairly exciting project." The cast included Queenie Ashton who said "It isn't a big role, but as things are at the moment I need the work."
== Reception ==
The Age wrote that "this handsome telefilm had almost everything on its side – from Russell Boyd's poetic photography and Peter Maxwell's direction to the assured acting of such principals as Gerard Kennedy and Carmen Duncan. Even the unhappy writer, Bruce Wishart, achieved verisimilitude most of the time. But the story, written in an off moment by Bruning himself, got Wishart in the end."
== References ==
== External links ==
Mama's Gone A-Hunting at IMDb
Mama's Gone a Hunting at Oz Movies
Mama's Gone A-Hunting at National Film and Sound Archive
Mama's Gone A Hunting at AustLit (subscription required)