of Shropshire screen "stars" packed a Much Wenlock historic
building to celebrate a special showing in the county of Powell
and Pressburger's classic movie Gone To Earth.
than 50 people who appeared as extras in the film over 50
years ago met up again and chatted about the time that Hollywood
came to Shropshire.
Gone To Earth, an adaptation of Shropshire author Mary Webb's
novel, was released in 1950.
Much of the filming had been done on location in the Much
Wenlock and Snailbeach areas.
The son of the film's director Columba Powell joined members
of the Mary Webb Society to take a nostalgic walk at one of
the locations in the county used by his late father in the
making of the film.
The film, starring Jennifer Jones and made in 1949 using
scores of local extras, was shown yesterday as part of a dedicated
Mary Webb weekend included in the Much Wenlock Festival bumper
Lewis, of Harmer Hill, and her husband Ivor were teenagers
when the film was made, much of it in the remote hill country
near Snailbeach where they lived at the time.
They were both members of the Lord's Hill Baptist Choir
at Snailbeach and sang during the baptism scene in the film.
Mrs Lewis said: "It was a highlight and is something that
we will never forget. We are quite proud to have been
in it and my grandfather, who was the choir conductor, was
very proud. When we practised the hymns he would say the music
would be heard all over the world."
She added that Ivor was then her boyfriend and the couple
sat on a bank and watched Jennifer Jones being baptised for
Mrs Lewis said: "I remember she was held under too long
and she came up gasping."
She added: "We were very young when the film was made but
a year later we were married in the same chapel that we were
Today Carol Meekins, organiser, said: "There were some wonderful
people at the afternoon screening, all taking a trip down
memory lane. We screened the film in the afternoon and the
evening and both were a complete sell-out. I think we could
have easily had another sell-out.
"People from all walks of life came to see it because they
could connect with it."