69 Years ago today – a Weather Shock for Walt Disney

69 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.

This was not something that the Walt Disney Producers had bargained for – but they did some Studio work and a few days later were able to film in Burnham Beeches – although it was still quite cold as Richard remembered in his Autobiography ‘ Caught in the Act’ – very good it is too and well worth a read as is the follow up ‘In Camera’ which deals with his film years after Robin Hood.

I try to post this snippet each year on this date

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