A crowd of 6,000 children shrieked with laughter Dec 18 as Bertram Mills gave a preview of the Christmas circus he is to open at Olympia, London, Dec. 19.
G.V.EXT. OF OLYMPIA
S.V. CLOWNS PREPARING IN DRESSING ROOM.
S.V. ARTISTS PREPARING.
COCO, THE CLOWN.
G.V. GRAND PARADE, BALLERINA ON HORSEBACK.
G.V. SPANISH TROUP IN PARADE.
S.V. GIRLS IN PARADE, PAST CAMERA.
G.V. ELEPHANTS IN PARADE.
TOP V. SMALL ELEPHANTS IN PARADE.
S.V. PRINCESS IN COACH.
S.V. CHILDREN SEATED.
S.V. PONIES IN ACT (ROLL OUT THE BARREL)
S.V. KIDS LOOKING ON.
L.V. FRANCESCO AND ANNA ACT.
S.C.U. GIRLS APPLAUD.
L.V. GIRL IN CANON (FERRY FORST ILLUSION ACT)
C.U. BOY EATING CANDY FLOSS.
L.V. CANON IS FIRED ETC., IN ILLUSION ACT.
S.V. KIDS APPLAUD.
S.V. THE GUIDO ARATAS..LOW WIRE ACT.
C.U. LITTLE BOY LOOKING ON.
G.V. CLOWNS HULA HOOPING.
S.V. KIDS LAUGHING.
S.V. CLOWNS HULA HOOPING.
S.V. KIDS LAUGHING.
C.U. CLOWN..LOOKING INTO CAMERA.
ANGLE SHOT. THE RUDOLF STEY TROUP..HIRE WIRE ACT.
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Background: A crowd of 6,000 children shrieked with laughter Dec 18 as Bertram Mills gave a preview of the Christmas circus he is to open at Olympia, London, Dec. 19. The children were all orphans who had never been to a circus before.
This year's show once more offered many thrilling moments. After the Grand Opening Parade six Shetland ponies jumped in and out of large beer barrels carried on a brewer's dray. Two dwarf clowns added a comedy flavour to this novel act, presented for the first time in England by Douglas Kosamayar.
A head-to-head low wire act by a young Italian girl and her brother had the kiddies gasping in their seats. Hula-hooping clowns, headed by the great Coco made the children shriek with laughter. The fun was followed up by a breathtaking "Jungle Phantasy", presented by the Swiss Eugen Weidmann, in which three tigers, four lions, four panthers, two polar bears and two Himalayan bears took part simultaneously. Eugen used one of the panthers as a stole.
A sprained ankle cut short the sensational seven men 40 foot high wire act. The great Christmas treat ended with an elephant act in which five young animals delighted the children with their slow but spectacular movements.