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My Early Film Memories in England

In 1941, when I was 3 years old and still living in my native England, I had tonsillitis. My mother took me to the Cornelia Hospital in Poole, Dorset. I can still remember being prepped for the tonsillectomy operation—not a bit scary—and the surgeon and nurse asking me if I had any brothers or sisters (yes, one of each) and then the smell of chloroform as the mask was put over my mouth. It all went well and I woke up in the children’s ward and was given ice cream to eat and a Rupert Bear picture book to look at. But the exciting thing came the following December when all the child patients of the year were invited to a special party. There, we were given a lovely Christmas tea, and then a movie! They had a 16mm projector and a film, a Laurel and Hardy! This was wonderful, and it was my very first film!

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