Festival of Britain 1951

I have just acquired a very interesting item from the early 1950s.  It is a Programme for a FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN event in Maidenhead on 17 June 1951


It is signed on the rear by Richard Todd the film actor – and his wife Catherine Todd – or Kitty as he called her.

The date of 17 June 1951 coincided with the time that Richard Todd was filming The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men at Denham Film Studios for Walt Disney  – and even more specific it was at the time when the filming of the famous quarter staff fight on the bridge between Robin Hood and Little John was being done on that wonderful studio set designed by Carmen Dillon. The reason I know this is that in Ricard Todd’s Autobiography ‘Caught in the Act’ he says that on his Birthday which was 11 June, this scene was being filmed and it would have gone on for some days I expect.

This is a  behind-the scenes picture of that very scene, with  Richard Todd (Robin Hood) and James Robertson Justice (Little John) with film director Ken Annakin.
 This magazine picture was taken at one of the massive sets at Denham Studios, during the filming of Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood (1952). We see them examining Richard Todd’s leather jerkin after the dramatic quarter-staff fight over the wooden bridge.
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