A modern version of the classic tale concerning the boy who gives one too many false warnings of danger and finds that no one believes him when real danger threatens. Tony overhears a plot to kidnap the Prime Minister. When no one believes him, he and his two friends try to interfere, nearly becoming wolf-bait in the process. A young woman, Stella, gains the boy's confidence, but he later discovers that she is part of the scheme.
Honored in 1970 at the prestigious Teheran International Festival of Films for Children, where it Won a Golden Delfan award from the Iranian Ministry of Education.
Broadcast 09/18/71, 02/12/72
Directed by: Kenneth Hume
An Eurasian boy is treated as an outcast. When his widowed mother dies, the young boy feels there is no one left to care for him and runs into the jungle with his pet elephant to live off the land. He comes upon poachers who are trying to trap trained elephants to sell as work animals to wealthy estate owners. The boy tries to set one of the animals free but is discovered, wounded and left for dead. It is only through the aid of his elephant pet that the boy is saved and later revealed as a hero. The country’s culture and customs are revealed
in this tale.
|Tissa Weerasinghe||........||David’s Mother|
|Marjorie Murdock||........||Mrs. Lester|
|Joe Kiel||........||David’s Friend|
Notes: Three pilot films were made late 1958/1959, for a projected series called "The Adventures of an Elephant Boy", starring the 14 year old David Wyman. The film crew encountered problems with their Cingalese extras, who were allegedly paid in beer. When the beer ran out, so did the extras. Supposedly two cameramen died during the filming from snake bites.
Up in the Air
The United Kingdom 1969 55min
Broadcast 09/25/71, 03/11/72, 07/15/72
Directed by: Jan Darnley-Smith
Freddie is sent to a boarding school. Finding life unendurable due to bullies and the headmaster,
Freddie and his friends determine to run away. The idea of building a balloon occurs when they see
the amateur balloonist flying over the school. Secretly they manufacture their balloon and set off
to put their grievances before the school governor.
|Felix Felton||........||Sir Humphrey|
12-year-old Vicki is as good as any boy at football (soccer) and wants to play for the school team, but she is the wrong sex. When a member of the team has to pull out due to injury, her brother conspires to use her as a replacement by cutting her hair and passing the girl off as a boy.
The Little Ones
Also known as: Fledglings
The United Kingdom 1965 66min
Broadcast 10/16/71, 03/04/72
Directed by: Jim O’Connolly
Two boys from the London slums--one an abused child, the other, the son of a neglectful hooker,
flee their neighborhood for adventures on the road to and in the streets of Liverpool . Jackie and Ted attempt
to board a Jamaica bound ship in order to escape their miserable lives. It is on the exotic island
that one of the boys father is said to live. They stow away to Liverpool on a furniture van and steal in order
to eat. Unfortunately, they end up stealing a suitcase from a car belonging to a shipping magnate. They are
caught, lectured and sent home. Their one hope is that they find out that there are many ships leaving from the London docks to Jamaica.
|Jean Marlow||........||Ted’s Mother|
|Peter Thomas||........||Ted’s Father|
|Dudley Foster||........||Inspector Carter|
Three young children have been using an abandoned historical mansion as a clubhouse. One night they overhear, to their dismay, that the house is soon to be demolished. Later that same night the kids stumble upon a hidden room, where they meet two 300 year old ghosts who come to the rescue. The children, the ghosts and eccentric old Miss Woollie devise some ghostly hi-jinks and children's pranks to prevent the destruction of the house.
|Patricia Hayes||........||Miss Woollie|
|Jimmy Edwards||........||Sir Jocelyn|
Tanya is a 10-year-old Russian tourist traveling with her parents from Prague to Brno. She leaves her compartment when the train stops due of a cow. Disobeying her parent's instructions, the girl gets off the train to investigate, lingers too long, and the train leaves without her. Cold, lonely, and wearing only her pajamas in the unfamiliar countryside, she is relieved to meet up with two rather nervous Czech boys camping out together for the first time. At first the would-be "cowboys" are frightened by her ghost-like appearance. After hearing her story, they decide to accompany her on foot to Brno. During their trip, the three become involved in a series of comical adventures before reaching their destination.
Location footage of the Swiss Alps highlights this familiar tale of a girl raised in the mountains by her grandfather. Her world abruptly changes when her aunt takes her, without her grandfather's consent, to Frankfurt. Heidi's unfamiliarity with her new urban surroundings, combined with worry for her grandfather, made the girl homesick. Heidi's sadness was somewhat eased when she realized she was brought to the city to be a companion to Clara, the daughter of the town banker. Clara suffered from paralysis and was confined to a wheelchair. One day the girls visited the stable to see a newborn colt, and, excited by Heidi's enthusiasm, Clara stood up from her wheelchair. Clara's father, when he realized his daughter could walk, wanted to adopt Heidi to show his appreciation. Heidi's wish, however, was to return home to her grandfather.
|Eva Maria Singhammer||........||Heidi|
|Flash the Sheepdog||09/26/71, 02/22/72, 04/22/72, 08/05/72|
|Blind Bird||10/23/71, 03/18/72, 07/22/72|
|Tiko and the Shark||11/06/71, 02/21/72, 04/08/72|
|Testa di Rapa||11/13/71, 05/13/72|
|Skinny and Fatty||12/04/71, 05/06/72, 07/29/72|
|The Goalkeeper Also Lives on Our Street||01/08/72, 06/17/72|
|Funny Stories||01/15/72, 08/12/72|
|John and Julie||02/05/72, 06/24/72|
|Hand in Hand*||04/01/72, 08/26/72|
|The Boy With Glasses||05/06/72, 08/19/72|
*Special 90 minute broadcast
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