Film ID: YFA 5386 Video of YFA_5386 Enchanted Garden ENCHANTED GARDEN 1931 Visitor TabsDescription This is a whimsical film with children playing a fairy tale with the Pied Piper. Title - Enid, Dorothy and Jock reading fairy tales wish their garden was enchanted. Two girls and a boy are sitting on the lawn in a garden. They are reading different storybooks. Intertitle – They fall asleep. The three children fall asleep, and a fairy, or pied piper, appears. Intertitle – June the Piper wakes the garden The rest of the film is made up of a long dance sequence with fairies, and later a wicked witch. Title – The children wake up to find that their wishes had come to them in a dream. The children awake, pick up their books, wave goodbye and go their separate ways. Context This is indeed an enchanting film from the 1930s of the children of Arncliffe in Yorkshire performing a dance sequence in a garden, in a story that is inspired by diverse fairy tales. As three children fall asleep in a garden, a pied piper ushers in a stream of fairies dancing in circles around them, before a wicked witch breaks them up and the children awaken from their dream. It is one of several films made of Arncliffe from the 1930s that were donated (initially to Upper Wharfedale Museum) by Revd. G Curry. The film looks to have been taken either in the grounds of a school or of a large country house. G. Curry was the vicar of St Oswald Church, Arncliffe – where the Right Reverend John Robinson, author of the influential book Honest to God, is buried. The film may perhaps have taken inspiration from the dancing fairies in the 1935 film version of Midsummer’s Night Dream, with James Cagney as Bottom and Mickey Rooney as Puck.