65 Years ago Today – a Weather shock for Walt Disney

65 years ago today  that would be 30th April  1951, Richard Todd, famous film actor, opened his curtains that morning to prepare for the first day of filming on Walt Disney’s superb film ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie men at Denham Film Studios just a short distance form his home in Pinckneys Green, close to Maidenhead.

As with all of Walt Disney’s films much preparation work had been gone into to ensure a minimum of delay in filming BUT on this day of all days, the weather caught them out.  Richard peered out of the window to see a covering of quite deep snow.

Richard Todd training for Robin Hood 1952

Above – Richard Todd as Robin Hood on the set at Denham

He went down to Denham Film Studios where they were intending shooting outdoor scenes out at Burnham Beeches but this had to be abandoned.From that moment on, the Disney organisation made sure that whatever happened, they would have other scenes ready to do if such an eventuality occurred again.

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