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The 18 October 1950 Variety review states that The Kangaroo Kid was a joint production between Australian producers T. O. "Tom" and Alec McCreadie and American Howard C. Brown. The review went on to claim that the film was the first in which four American actors and an American director as well known as Lesley Selander produced a film in Australia; however, Columbia Pictures produced the 1947 Pacific Adventure there as well, although the cast and crew were Australian. An January 11, 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item states that Glenn Langan was considered for a role in the film, but he did not appear in the final film. According to a June 5, 1950 Daily Variety article, Brown had a 50-50 finance agreement with an unnamed Australian syndicate, which received the world rights outside of the western hemisphere, while Brown received the remaining rights. This was American actor Jock O'Mahoney's first starring role.