Children's Classic Collection

1978
  |  240 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of classic films for children. In the Lassie adventure 'The Painted Hills', Jonathan (Paul Kelly) finally strikes gold after years of prospecting - and returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left his son Tommy (Gary Gray) fatherless. He decides to leave Lassie with the boy to cheer him up. In the meantime, Jonathan's new partner Lin (Bruce Cowling) wants the gold for himself, and tries to lure Jonathan to his death. Who will save the day? Lionel Jeffries directs the 1978 adaptation of the Charles Kingsley novel 'The Water Babies', which combines live action with animation. Tom (Tommy Pender) is an amiable lad apprenticed to the dishonest Master Chimney Sweep Grimes (James Mason). When the young boy is falsely accused of stealing, he escapes his pursuers by jumping into Dead Man's Pool - whereupon he becomes involved in the adventures of the 'water babies' who live there. James Hill directs the 1971 adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic children's novel, in which a black horse is passed from one master to another, encountering harsh treatment along the way. Meanwhile, its original owner (Mark Lester) endeavours to bring Black Beauty back into his loving care once more.