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Smugglers Beware

Thrilling pirate adventure made by a preparatory schoolmaster and starring some of his schoolchildren, who apprehend dangerous smugglers.

Amateur film 1938 28 mins Silent

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As well as recording local events, Anthony C. Wilson, a preparatory schoolmaster, scripted and produced a number of short films featuring his pupils. These thrilling stories would inspire his later work, scripting radio plays for the BBC’s ‘Children’s Hour’, and writing his own books featuring the popular characters, boy detectives Norman and Henry Bones.