Adventure in the Hopfields

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Adventure in the Hopfields
Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by Roger Proudlock
Written by John Cresswell
Based on the novel The Hop Dog by Nora Lavrin
& Molly Thorp[1]
Starring Mandy Miller
Music by Ronald Binge
Philip Martell (musical director)
Cinematography Ken Talbot
Edited by Sam Simmonds
Distributed by CFF
Release date
Running time
60 minutes
Country United Kingfom
Language English

Adventure in the Hopfields is a 1954 British children's film directed by John Guillermin starring Mandy Miller.[2]

It was made for the Children's Film Foundation.[3]


After accidentally smashing her mother's prized china dog, little London girl Jenny (Mandy Miller) leaves her mother a note, and sets off from home to make the money to buy a new one. Travelling by train, she follows her friend's family to Kent to earn money hop picking in the countryside. She eventually makes enough cash, but it is then stolen by other children. Jenny chases after the kids to an old mill, but the thieves capture her and tie her up. When lightning strikes the decaying mill and sets it on fire, the children return to rescue Jenny, but just in the nick of time.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, noting "An above average children's film, with believable characters and story."[4] and the Radio Times rated it two out of five stars, writing, "In days of yore, the poor folk of South London flocked to Kent and went hop-picking...this exciting tale offers bullying, theft and a climactic lightning storm. A little piece of British social history from the future director of The Towering Inferno."[5]


  1. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Adventure in the Hopfields (1954)".
  3. ^ Moore, By David Sapsted and Malcolm. "Hop garden film was picked from the rubbish bin".
  4. ^ "Adventure In The Hopfields".
  5. ^ "Adventure in the Hopfields - Film from RadioTimes".

External links

  • Adventure in the Hopfields on IMDb
  • Clip of film at YouTube

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