Magnificent Six and ½, The (Children’s Film Foundation) – Peewee’s Pianola

Date: 1968
Director: Harry Booth
Production Company: Century Film Productions, Children's Film Foundation (CFF)

Stars: Len Jones, Ian Ellis, Brinsley Forde, Suzanne Togni, Lionel Hawkes, Kim Tallmadge, Michael Audreson
Location(s): Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

The fun misadventures of a group of seven children.

Additional Information:

This listing features an episode from the first series of ‘The Magnificent Six and 1/2’ which were British short films made for the Children’s Film Foundation.

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This short film opens on an idyllic setting. The end credits feature a thank you to The Home Farm, Aldenham . . . . could this be the place?

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Stodger (Lionel Hawkes) runs from the Farmer after scrumping apples before joining his friends on the country lane.

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After discovering an old pianola in the hedgerow, Stodger and his friends Whizz (Michael Audreson), Toby (Brinsley Forde), Dumbo (Ian Ellis), Liz (Suzanne Togni), Steve (Len Jones) and Peewee (Kim Tallmadge) manage to thumb a lift home with their find.

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A forklift truck helps carry the load through suburban streets. Eric Parsons recognised Sullivan way in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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The kids push the pianola on the last leg of the journey. Sullivan Way leading into Delius Close, Elstree identified by Eric Parsons.

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A Traffic Warden (Deryck Guyler) tells the youngsters that they can't park a piano in the street. A studio set included for completeness.

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Having been moved on, the pals continue on their way. Torworth Road in Aycliffe Park, Borehamwood with flats above shops on Aycliffe Road in the background.

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A parade of shops is reached. This is Hartforde Road in Cowley Hill, Borehamwood in Hertfordshire.

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While the others go to buy ice cream, Peewee starts the pianola. Hartforde Road in Borehamwood.

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Trying to stop the music, the little girl falls inside the instrument. Looking south-west on Hartforde Road, Cowley Hill.

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The children chase the pianola down the street after it's knocked into motion by a reversing car. Winstree Road in Borehamwood discovered by Eric.

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The pursuit heads along estate roads. Torworth Road, Borehamwood with Parkside School in the distance.

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Still inside the pianola, Peewee is carried onward.

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Running with ice creams in hand, the gang try to keep up with Peewee. Facing north-east on Torworth Road.

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Peewee screams as she lifts the lid of the runaway pianola to look out. Deacons Hill Road in Elstree advises Eric Parsons.

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The view continues around a bend. Located by Eric Parsons, this is more of Deacons Hill Road with Hollywood Court to the right.

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A little way along the road a Woman (Janet Webb) appears from her house.

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The children keep up with the pianola.

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The Woman stops in her tracks as the pianola careers towards her.

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Peewee's pianola follows the Woman as she tries to escape from it's path. Eric Parsons explins that this is Kenilworth Drive in Borehamwood, near the junction with Bullhead Road. The pillar box is still there and the house behind it has been extended.

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A Policeman (George Roderick) sees the Woman run past. Looking onto Torworth Road with the rear of buildings standing on Northgate Path to the right. The location was used in 'Mutiny on the Buses'.

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Joining the chase, the Policeman cycles after the pianola. Facing north on Bullhead Road, Borehamwood.

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On a side road, the Woman runs from a pantechnicon. Looking into Hillside Avenue from Bullhead Road.

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The pianola rolls onward. Looking north-east on Aycliffe Road with Northgate Path on the right.

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Hoping to issue parking ticket, the Traffic Warden approaches a Baker (Eric Francis) making a delivery. We're back on Hartforde Road in Cowley Hill.

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The pies obviously played a part in the comedy and the Baker ends up on the handlebar of the Policeman's bike. More of Towrorth Road, looking towards Aycliffe Road.

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The determined kids follow the Policeman's bicycle.

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A Teacher (Damaris Hayman) and her pupils stop at the kerb. The southern end of Hartforde Road.

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After checking that the road is clear, the class are signalled to cross. Looking toward Brook Road on Hertforde Road.

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Having avoided a collision with the speeding pianola, the Teacher is not sure that she sees a Policeman carrying a Baker on his bike followed by six children heading towards her. Hertforde Road with Canterbury House visible to the top left.

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Yes, it's a Policeman carrying a Baker on his bike followed by six children heading this way. Facing north-east on Hartforde Road.

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Following the inevitable crash, the Teacher and the Baker end up in the branches of a tree. Hertforde Road in Borehamwood.

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Now getting tired, the gang keep up their pursuit until the pianola comes to a stand. The junction of Barnet By-pass Road and St. Albans Road at Bignell's Corner in Hertfordshire.

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Peewee peeps from the top of the pianola. Bignell's Corner near South Mimms. The garage was demolished in 1971 to make way for the A1(M) and the location is now the junction of Swanland Road and St. Albans Road.

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The Magnificent Six and ½ arrive back in the studio where the Policeman is charging the Traffic Warden.

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