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  • Short Summary

    Great footage of people in carnival costumes having fun at Winter Gardens in Blackpool (?).

  • Description

    Titles read: '"Carnivalitas" - Film taken exclusively for W Hy Broadhead & Son, of the Broadhead Theatres. Carnival Week Programme included all the fun of the Fair!'

    Location of events unknown - could be Blackpool, Lancashire.

    Group of people in all sorts of costumes: comedie dell'arte characters; old military uniforms; man in drag (?) as a Queen w/ crown, etc. Man dressed as a jester making silly faces. CUs some of the actors (?) kissing each other. Next; the group riding on merry-go-round or carousel (old-fashioned; w/ stationary horses). Closer carousel turning; people acting silly. MS group pose at carousel. CU hearty old man laughing.

    Grandiose Winter Gardens building w/ long covered walkway (could be Blackpool?); signs: Varieties & Revues; etc. The costumed gang arrive piled on top of horse-drawn stagecoach. Shot looking down at crowd parted to let entertainers through; then crowd swarms after, tipping hats and smiling at camera.

    Women's acrobat group in various poses in a park or garden; w/ the jester. Signs in the background ask 'Have You Seen Percy?'. The group pose for pictures. Biplanes flying overhead. Comic pony race. CU sign 'Have You Seen Percy? Who is Percy?' etc. Sign falls over; 3 men drinking beer behind it.

    Clowning in front of row of bumper or dodgem cars. Entertainers walking out of entrance; past crowd; including two middle-aged women wearing fan-shaped head-dresses. Two clowns follow, acting as if they are stuck together. More silliness - group posing on stagecoach and driving off. Great shots of the group on a ride called The Whip; which has several small spinning cars going round in a circle - a bit like the Waltzer.

    Fun; recreation; amusement parks; carnivals.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:52:00 / 01:30:22:00
    ON 346 C

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  1. BlackpoolMuseum says

    The film features Morecambe Winter Gardens, not Blackpool Winter Gardens.

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