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Escape from the Dark
Escape from the Dark FilmPoster.jpeg
UK Quad Poster
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Produced by Ron Miller
Written by Rosemary Anne Sisson
Story by Burt Kennedy
Rosemary Anne Sisson
Starring Alastair Sim
Peter Barkworth
Maurice Colbourne
Susan Tebbs
Andrew Harrison
Chloe Franks
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Editing by Richard Marden
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) May 26, 1976 (UK)
March 11, 1977 (US)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Escape from the Dark (American title: The Littlest Horse Thieves) is a 1976 British-American family drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions, directed by Charles Jarrott and starring Alastair Sim (in his final film role), Peter Barkworth and Maurice Colbourne.

The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 26, 1976. In the United States, it was released under the title The Littlest Horse Thieves on a double bill with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on March 11, 1977.


Set in 1909, a coal mine in Yorkshire, England has used pit ponies to haul coal for many years. When they are to be replaced by machinery that will speed up production and increase profits, three children – Dave (Andrew Harrison), Tommy (Benjie Bolgar) and Alice (Chloe Franks) – learn the ponies are to be slaughtered so they team up in a scheme to steal the horses and give them their freedom.


  • Alastair Sim as Lord Harrogate
  • Peter Barkworth as Richard Sandman
  • Maurice Colbourne as Luke Armstrong
  • Susan Tebbs as Violet Armstrong
  • Andrew Harrison as Dave Sadler
  • Chloe Franks as Alice Sandman
  • Benjie Bolgar as Tommy Sadler
  • Prunella Scales as Mrs. Sandman
  • Leslie Sands as Foreman Sam Carter
  • Joe Gladwin as Bert
  • Jeremy Bulloch as Ginger
  • Rich Moore as crying baby


Filming took place in 1975 around North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire such as Arkengarthdale, Langthwaite, Ripley Castle and Oakworth railway station. Also at Thorpe Hesley pit in South Yorkshire.

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