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Swallows and Amazons (1974 film)

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Swallows and Amazons is a 1974 British film based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Ransome


  • 1 Production
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Release
  • 4 External links
  • 5 References


In the summer of 1973, Theatre Projects adapted the story of Swallows and Amazons in colour for the big screen and went up to the Lake District National Park in Cumbria to film it on the actual locations used by Arthur Ransome to create the fictional lake of the novel

Released by EMI in 1974, directed by Claude Whatham and produced by Richard Pilbrow, the film starred Virginia McKenna Mrs Walker and Ronald Fraser Uncle Jim in the main adult roles, and Sophie Neville Titty, Zanna Hamilton Susan, Simon West John & Stephen Grendon Roger as the Swallows

Its budget was provided by Nat Cohen of EMI Films who was hoping to repeat the success of the film of The Railway Children


  • Virginia McKenna - Mrs Walker
  • Ronald Fraser - Uncle Jim
  • Simon West - John Walker
  • Suzanna Hamilton - Susan Walker credited as Zanna Hamilton
  • Sophie Neville - Titty Walker
  • Stephen Grendon - Roger Walker
  • Kit Seymour - Nancy Blackett
  • Lesley Bennett - Peggy Blackett
  • Mike Pratt - Mr Dixon
  • Brenda Bruce - Mrs Dixon
  • John Franklyn-Robbins - Young Billy
  • Jack Woolgar - Old Billy
  • David Blagden - Policeman


This has been made available on video, both in VHS and DVD, in the UK, but is not readily available in the US and elsewhere In April 2010, the boat used as Swallow in the film was bought by a group of enthusiasts and has been restored to sailing condition It is intended to give people an opportunity to sail in a boat like the original Swallow

External links

  • Swallows and Amazons on IMDb


  1. ^ a b Tim Devlin "A day in the life of Swallows and Amazons" Times 20 June 1973: 12 The Times Digital Archive Web 14 July 2012
  2. ^ Sailing Swallow - the boat from the 1973 film

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