Films made to entertain children

From the 1930s, the film industry responded to concern about children’s reaction to the confusing experience of watching adult cinema. Research studies analysed the types of film which children would most enjoy, and the best way to convey a positive moral message. Films were produced specially for children’s cinema shows and entertainments which combined interest and adventure, with clear guidance on how to behave. Several films in this selection were made in the East of England specifically for the local character of buildings, landscape, and way of life.