Nickel Queen is a 1971 Australian comedy film starring Googie Withers and directed by her husband John McCallum. The story was loosely based on the Poseidon bubble, a nickel boom in Western Australia in the late 1960s, and tells of an outback pub owner who stakes a claim and finds herself an overnight millionaire.


Meg Blake is the widowed owner of a pub in a small desert town in Western Australia. Corrupt American mining executive Ed Benson starts the rumour of a nickel discovery to sell shares to gullible investors. Meg heads the rumour and stakes the first claim. Benson promotes her as the "Nickel Queen".


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    director John McCallum
    editor Don Saunders
    genre comedy western
    keywords high society mine widow
    musicBy Sven Libaek
    producer John McCallum Joy Cavill
    productionCompany Woomera Productions
    publisher British Empire Films