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Treasure and Trouble - Malcolm Saville


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  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Fougasse Films
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018KJUS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A double bill DVD of filmed Malcolm Saville stories featuring a young Petula Clark in her first singing role. Written as a screenplay, "Treasure at the Mill" tells the story of John Adams and his search for family treasure hidden by cavalier soldiers at Spring Valley Mill in the time of King Charles I. It was released to the cinemas in 1957. Aided by the Pettit family, new owners of the mill, John is up against greedy Mr Wilson, his mother's employer, who is bent on stealing the treasure for himself. This 57 minute film is supported by a delightful personal reminiscence from Merrilyn Boorman, the eldest of the three children in the film, as she makes an emotional return to the home of her childhood. "Trouble at Townsend" highlights the perils of ignoring the countryside code as two children are sent to stay with their aunt and uncle after their wounded father returns home from WW2. As an accompaniment to this charming short film, written during the war but not given a cinematic release until 1946, the author's youngest son, Jeremy Saville, revisits his boyhood home and shares with us some happy memories. Total running time of all features: 104 minutes

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Franklin on 14 Sept. 2013
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Excellent recreation of some of my favourite childhood books by Malcolm Saville set in the Hertfordshire and Essex country side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Ross on 3 April 2013
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I first saw the film "Treasure at the Mill" at a special screening at Saturday Morning Pictures in the Regal Cinema in Colchester shortly after its London premiere. I believe Malcolm Saville himself was also there to introduce the film to us all. I was 10 years old at the time and so enthralled by this film that I went straight to the Public Library afterwards to search out Malcolm Saville's books. I read all the Lone Pine stories avidly, one after the other! Recently, I introduced my 10 year old daughter to the Lone Pine stories - unfortunately most are out of print, although some have had a low print-run re-issue by a non-mainstream publisher. (How extraordinary that such timeless adventures can have dropped out of sight when similar, but often inferior stuff, is being published and presumably selling. Oh well - the vagaries of fashion, I suppose.) My daughter has lapped up all that I can get by way of second-hand or re-issued titles. And the film - she loved it. Best film she has ever seen, she says. So, thanks to Fougasse Films and to the Malcolm Saville Society. You have made two people very happy!
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hello, everybody,

i write to all cff lovers, because in germany are great thrilling
six cff-movies with english language
for buying there in amazon.de.
Five on a Treasure Island (Die Sache mit der Schatzinsel)
Five Clues to Fortune (Geheimsache fünf)
Valley of the Kings (Im Tal der Könige)
Beware of the Dog (Achtung: Bissiger Hund)
The Carringford School Mystery (Die Halskette)
The Young Jacobites (Die jungen Jakobiter)
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"Treasure at the Mill" is one of those suspenseful treasure hunt stories that we all loved to read in the fifties and sixties...they don't write such great children's books any longer.

Malcolm Saville was asked by Mary Field (Childrens Film Foundation) to write a book about Ardleigh Mill near Colchester in Essex and he included the family Pettit (who owned the mill at the time) in his book.
Then CFF made the movie and that is one of the best CFF movies ever made.

I can highly recommend the book (it has a map of the area and another map of the mill plus several illustrations) and the DVD (it contains an interview with Merrilyn Pettit who returned to Ardleigh Mill for the bonus material).
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Cartwright on 9 Sept. 2010
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The release of these two early Malcolm Saville titles is very welcome and the DVD is excellent.
The company that supplies the DVD however (Fougasse Films) could do with improving their act.
Firstly the DVD was incorrectly addressed, which resulted in it not being received within the 28 days since ordering.
In fairness they did send out a replacement DVD (to the correct address) which was received the following day.
The original incorrectly addressed DVD was eventually received much later and was returned to Fougasse Films (at my own expense) for which I never got so much as a "thank you" from them.
This is a company that needs to get it's act together and also develope some "public relations" skills.
Five Stars for the DVD - only One Star for the Suppliers.
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