Mr. Horatio Knibbles (Children’s Film Foundation)

Date: 1971
Director: Robert Hird
Production Company: Anvil Films

Stars: Lesley Roach, Gary Smith, Rachel Brennock, John Ash, Nigel Chivers, David Richards, Anthony Sheppard
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

A young girl is unhappy after being refused a rabbit for her birthday, that is until she makes the acquaintance of a six foot rabbit visible only to her.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Mary Bunting (Lesley Roach) nears home after a trip on her iconic Chopper bicycle.

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The young girl reaches the yard of the farm where she lives with her Parents and brother Tom.

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In the middle of their cricket match Tom (Gary Smith) and his pals Bob (John Ash) and Derek become annoyed when Mary rides across the pitch.

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Mary approaches as her friend Nancy (Rachel Brennock) plays with her doll.

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Nancy’s Monther (Lila Kaye) calls her daughter inside leaving Mary alone in the garden.

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After hearing strange sounds in the bushes, Mary goes inside the house.

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Discovering Mr. Horatio Knibbles (Anthony Sheppard), a six foot tall talking rabbit that only she can see, Mary returns to the garden.

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Horatio and Mary walk through the farm yard when it’s time for him to depart.

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Mary waves her new friend off as he heads back to Rhododendron Mansion.

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Whilst out for the day with Horatio, Mary is approached by a Gamekeeper (Freddie Jones) who cannot see her companion.

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Riding his Honda C50, P.C. Briggs (Fred Evans) approaches the pair as they walk down a country lane.

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Mary and her elegantly dressed friend take a trip along the river.

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Realising that her parents must be worried, Horatio takes Mary home.

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Arriving to take an old water butt away, a Deliveryman (Roy Barraclough) speaks with Mr. Bunting (Bernard Horsfall).

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After the invisible Horatio climbs into the water butt to hide, the Deliveryman and his Mate load it onto their truck.

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The Ford Transit is driven from the farm.

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The pick-up truck makes its way through the nearby village. Looking north-west along Village Road in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

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A Woman (Joan Benham) pushing a Gentleman shakes her fist at the Deliveryman when he almost runs into them as they cross the road. Village Road, Denham.

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Still inside, Horatio manages to roll the water butt off the back of the truck. The entrance to The Swan Inn on Village Road.

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P.C. Briggs spots the water butt as it floats along the street. In front of The Swan Inn, Denham.

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Villagers watch as the Constable starts to chase the huge cask. Village Road, opposite The Green Man public house.

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Village Road, Denham appears in numerous films including ‘Murder at the Gallop’, ‘Great Day’, ‘The Chiltern Hundreds’, ‘The Square Peg’, ‘Made in Heaven’ and ‘Man in the Moon’.

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P.C. Harris gains on the wandering water butt. Outside The Old Cottage on Village Road.

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Mary had earlier told the Officer the spell that reveals Horatio and when he catches up with the barrel he sees the rabbit inside. Facing The Old Cottage on Village Road in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

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Just outside the village, Sergeant (David Lodge) hears a siren in the distance. Opposite the Royal Oak public house on Old Uxbridge Road in West Hyde, Hertfordshire. The call box has been removed but the telegraph pole remains.

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The Sergeant stops traffic to allow P.C. Harris to pass on his moped and is surprised to see him pulling a trailer with the water butt on board. The junction of Old Uxbridge Road and Copper Mill Lane, West Hyde, in front of the Royal Oak.

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When P.C. Harris stops his moped, Horatio disappears through a hedgerow. This has the appearance of Old Uxbridge Road to the south of the Royal Oak in West Hyde.

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At the farm, Mr. and Mrs. Bunting (Jane Jordan Rogers) supervise games at Mary’s birthday party.

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Still concealed in the water butt, Horatio heads towards the farm.

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The camera follows the floating barrel as it passes the front of the house.

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After Mary teaches everyone the magic spell that allows them to see him, Horatio bids them all farewell.

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