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Film set in Hamleys toy store - early 1960s

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  • Film set in Hamleys toy store - early 1960s

    I am trying to identify this film for one of the child stars who appeared in it:

    "[FONT="Calibri"]The premise of the movie was that we were locked in after hours in Hamley's toy store on the night before Christmas and got to play with all the toys."[/FONT]

  • #2
    You could look at an IMDb list of the films the former child star appeared in and see if any of the titles rings a bell. I don't think it could have been a CFF film as I don't recall any from the 1960s with that scenario.

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=darrenburnfan;n39439]You could look at an IMDb list of the films the former child star appeared in and see if any of the titles rings a bell. I don't think it could have been a CFF film as I don't recall any from the 1960s with that scenario.[/QUOTE]

      He was in three films, but no on-screen credits.

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      • cff.fan
        cff.fan commented
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        not being big headed but I think of myself as a bit of an expert on all things CFF and have a huge collection of these films and I cant remember that plot in a CFF Film there was one with a similar plot where a bunch of kids get locked in a supermarket overnight called Daylight Robbery

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      [QUOTE=Anthony McKay;n39436]I am trying to identify this film for one of the child stars who appeared in it:

      "[FONT="Calibri"]The premise of the movie was that we were locked in after hours in Hamley's toy store on the night before Christmas and got to play with all the toys."[/FONT][/QUOTE]

      Tony

      Would this movie be news at the time, if so have you tried the Pathe site, maybe they did a short report at the time.

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      • #5
        I've tried every permutation of Hamleys, 'Toy Shop' and film I can think of on the search engines and movie archive sites.

        If it's a kids movie CFF would be the obvious place to look - but there are no CFF productions set in a toy shop.

        Was anyone else making films aimed at kids at the time? And if it was a tv film series episode I'm sure that the actor would have remembered it and seen it.

        Quite a puzzle.

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        • cff.fan
          cff.fan commented
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          not being big headed but I think of myself as a bit of an expert on all things CFF and have a huge collection of these films and I cant remember that plot in a CFF Film there was one with a similar plot where a bunch of kids get locked in a supermarket overnight called Daylight Robbery

      • #6
        What about talking Hamleys?

        They might have a record of the film somewhere.

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        • #7
          Could the film be "The Great Expedition" free to view on the BFI website? [url]https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-great-expedition-1959-online[/url]

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          • #8
            Thanks for the link, Mr T. A charming little short that I've never seen before. Obviously filmed at Christmas, 1958, as The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is showing at the Odeon, Leicester Square. The girl is Loretta Parry, but I don't recognise the boy. Anyway, this can't be the one, as they don't get locked in a toy shop over night.

            UPDATE: I’ve just been doing some research. The Great Expedition ran for 28 minutes and what we have on the BFI link is reel two running 9 minutes. So the first reel, running 19 minutes is missing, that’s why there are no title and credits on the BFI upload. So maybe they could have been locked in the toy shop in reel one. By the way, the boy’s name was John Parsons.
            Last edited by darrenburnfan; 6th October 2017, 12:03 PM.

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            • #9
              It is a very atmospheric film, quite charming a nice shot of The Empire and Ritz as well.

              Unfortunately too early to be the film described - this would be 1960 - 1963 and more than one male child locked in the store.

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              • #10
                Thanks to Phily we have a name for this production - 'A Merry Christmas" - unfortunately no other detail other than it was made between 1959 and 1962

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                • #11
                  I can't find that title listed on the BBFC site, so maybe it was made for television.

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                  • #12
                    [QUOTE=Anthony McKay;n40175]Thanks to Phily we have a name for this production - 'A Merry Christmas" - unfortunately no other detail other than it was made between 1959 and 1962[/QUOTE]

                    The only production called "A Merry Christmas" listed on the IMDb is an episode of the TV series "Little Women", so I doubt it's that

                    Steve

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                    • #13
                      More from Phily - production company Connaught Film - which is probably Connaught Film which specialised in travelogue and promotional films.

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