Enid Blyton's the Famous Five: Five Have a Mystery to Solve DVD
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Directed by Ernest Morris
Produced in 1964
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Michael Balfour, Paula Boyd, Mandy Harper
Summer holidays are here again, which means it's time for Julian, George, Anne, Dick and Timmy the Dog (all regenerated into fresh performers) to have another adventure. This time, they encounter a pair of crooks abusing their position at a nature reserve to line their pockets. Soon enough, there are sufficient chases, captures and lucky escapes to satisfy even the most demanding sensation seeker.
Like Enid Blyton, the Children's Film Foundation (CFF) – producers of this serial – were firm believers in not tampering with a winning formula and so, as in Five on Treasure Island, we get a lonely island setting and the rediscovery of some long-lost treasure.
More importantly, however, the films share the same robust, enthusiastic storytelling. It's a tribute to the CFF that the Five's exploits remain so involving, compelling and – frankly – enjoyable; will today's children's fare will look so good fifty years on?
With enthusiastic performances from the well-cast young actors and offering a glimpse into gentler, more innocent times, these Famous Five serials are two delightful, very British, vintage releases. Filmed mainly on location in Dorset and Cornwall, they were made by the Children’s Film Foundation and were a highly popular staple of the ‘Saturday Morning Pictures’. Both rarely seen, Five Have a Mystery to Solve has never been shown on television or previously released on video or DVD.
Five Have a Mystery to Solve follows Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog on an adventure to the shadowy Whispering Island. With the help of 10 year-old Wilfred - whose strange gifts include an ability to commune with animals - the gang discover the truth behind the mystery. With enthusiastic and memorable performances from the well cast young actors this is a delightful series which no Famous Five fan should be without.
Length: 93 mins
Cat No: BFIVD896
Format: DVD B&W
- Remastered to High Definition
- Fully illustrated booklet.