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