Young Frances Griffiths, whose father is missing in action, arrives by train to stay with her cousin Elsie Wright in rural Yorkshire. With Gordon Carroll, Jim Chinery, Mabel Chinery, Arthur C. Clarke. He is a bit of a local wunderkind, responsible for the electrification of the local mill, where children as young as Elsie go to work. Back in Yorkshire, while the girls and Polly are away, Arthur has a chess match with a local champion reputed to be mute, and the newsman breaks into their house. Abetted by the buffoonish Gardner, Elsie and Frances soon come up with two more photos and Conan Doyle has the story published in The Strand Magazine, promising everyone's names will be changed. But a newsman soon identifies the beck near Cottingley, tracing the girls through the local school and besieging the family.

She takes them to Theosophist lecturer E.L. Gardner, who has them analysed by a professional and then brings them to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. No one except Houdini believes that young children could be capable of photographic fraud, and Conan Doyle himself arrives at the girls' home with Houdini, Gardner and two new cameras.

Clarke examines the hoax photographs of Cottingley Fairies and other images that have supposedly captured ghost and phantoms in them. Looking for some great streaming picks? Plus, see what some of your favorite '90s stars look like now.

Hundreds of people invade the village in automobiles and on foot, and the fairies flee the obstreperous mobs. And when a reporter asks, he declaims, "Masters of illusion never reveal their secrets!" In 1920 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who had developed a strong belief in spiritualism in the last third of his life, was commissioned by the Strand Magazine to write an article on fairies, and it was while preparing this article that he first heard of the Cottingley Fairies. The film was produced by Mel Gibson's production company Icon Productions and Gibson appears in an uncredited cameo as Frances' father. Directed by Charles Flynn. Title: The photos are pronounced genuine, or at least devoid of trickery. Clarke examines the hoax photographs of Cottingley Fairies and other images that have supposedly captured ghost and phantoms in them. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. After the children return home, the fairies reappear, and finally, Frances' father comes home as well. The film was produced by Icon Productions and was distributed by Paramount Pictures in the United States and by Warner Bros. internationally;[2][3] it was released in the United States on 24 October 1997. He is also an amateur photographer and chess player. The cinematography was by Michael Coulter, with art direction by Sam Riley. “There are fairies at the bottom of our garden,” announces the opening line of a poem by Rose Fyleman first published in 1917.