Saturday, July 3, 2010

1936 version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even in 1936 was a well known nursery story by the German Brothers Grimm of the middle 1800's. Most people think today it was invented by Walt Disney. Well Walt Disney's first full length colour cartoon version was not released until 1937.
Once again I had to scout around to find characters to make up a photo of what the Holy Trinity School version looked like. When you come to think of it the four teachers put a lot of time and effort into the whole production, which not only included teaching the children their lines and songs but costumes as well. There was Mrs. Adams the Head Teacher, teaching the 9 & 10 year old's. Mrs. Snapes, who taught the 7 & 8 year old's, Mrs. Evans the 5 & 6 year old's assisted by Miss Collins. Mind you there were some of the village worthies who were there to help defrey the cost of the productions. As they did when we held our annual school tea party, before breaking up for the summer.
I remember two of the children that played in Snow White. The young lady who played the part of Snow White was Elsie Hales who lived at #5 Hamfield Cottages on Lower Road. One of the Dwarfs was John Webb, who at that time lived down at Formosa Fishery. John made his home in Cookham after leaving school and also became a very active member of the Village Fire Brigade.
If any of that cast are still around they would be in their middle eighties now, so now is the chance for the grand children to find out. I know that some of my school chums have shed their mortal coil, but I am sure there are quite a few left to tell the tale.


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Sonia Parker said...

I am so very happy to of found this post. My Dad was Henry Webb....JOHN WEBB's brother!! Unfortunately my Dad died in 1977 and we live in Essex. I have spent 10 years trying to find living members of the family. Please contact me if you have any other information about John Webb or any of his family. Thank you so very much Sonia xx email: