Five Pounds Reward (1920)
FIVE POUNDS REWARD
Director: Adrian Brunel
Writer: A.A. Milne
Production: Minerva Film
Black and White
|Tony Marchmont||Leslie Howard|
|Audrey Giles||Barbara Hoffe|
|Farmer Giles||Sydney Lewis Ransome|
“£5 Reward” was written especially for Leslie, and opposite him we had Barbara Hoffe, in a light comedy of love on the farm.[…]
The exteriors were shot locally, or in London, with the exception of “£5 Reward”, which we wet to Iver to do. (This was probably the first film to be made in …, where about seventeen years later the famous Pinewood Studios were built). It was my first experience of being “on location”, and in spite of director’s responsibility on such occasions, it can be the most enjoyable period in a film worker’s life, for although you may have to get up uncomfortably early in the morning and perhaps work far into the night preparing for the next day, you are usually in some place that has been chosen for its pictorial attractiveness, and at a time of the year when the weather at least is expected to be good. Further, one’s expenses are paid.
Leslie, pioneer cameraman Lomas, his assistant Hoffman, my assistant Crispin (“Cutey”) Hay and I all stayed in a little local pub, while Barbara Hoffe was put up by the Aubrey Smiths, who lived at West Drayton. We worked on a nearby farm, flopping on the ground for our half-hour’s alfresco lunch, and then carrying on till the cameraman decreed that the light was no longer suitable.
(Adrian Brunel: Nice Work: Thirty Years in British Film Production)
Scenes from Five Pounds Reward