Adventures in the Hopfields 1954

This is a rare curio that I have just come across and the story of the films survival intrigued me. It had been assumed lost with no copies surviving until an American found one in some rubbish. It was later shown in the village where it had been filmed.

What a great Story !!!

‘Children’s Film Foundation’ released in  1954.

Stars of the film:

Mandy Miller, Melvyn Hayes, Harold Lang, Russell Waters, Mona Washbourne, Hilda Fenemore, Jane Asher and Anthony Valentine

An American film fan found a copy of this film which was thought to have been lost, in a rubbish skip outside a Chicago television studio. He sold it to a UK enthusiast who showed it for the first time in fifty years on 8 March 2002 in the village hall at Goudhurst, Kent where it had been originally filmed nearly 50 years before.


Beautiful movie from CFF, for what was just a low budget children’s film shown at Saturday Morning Pictures. 

Melvyn Hayes says that he was paid £24 a week for this film which was a good amount in those days. Mandy Miller had already been in a major British film ‘Mandy’ with Jack Hawkins and Phyllis Calvert and Jane Asher had one of her first roles as did Anthony Valentine. I bet they had loads of fun making this.

Interesting  that the Director was John Guillerman who went on to films such as The Blue Max and The Towering Inferno as well as a couple of Tarzan films in his career.

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5 Responses to “Adventures in the Hopfields 1954”

  1. My Family have been Hoppicking at Goudhurs t for eighty years i myself went ever year from the f50-90s is it possible to purchase a copy D J Hall

    • Movieman says:

      Thank you. I do have a copy of the DVD and I will try to have a copy of this done for you. It is very good.

  2. John Mapes says:

    I was born and raised in London. The film Adventures in the hopfields 1954 was filmed around Ralph Street. This street no longer exists. Is there a place I can contact to see if I can purchase a copy of the film. I know live in Canada

  3. David Rayner says:

    The film is available on a CFF / BFI DVD set from amazon uk or eBay.

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