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    The stars turn out for charity circus event at Blackheath in London.

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    Circus For Charity. Blackheath, London.

    L/S crowds gathering at the entrance to Billy Smart's Circus. L/S crowds of people going into the circus. M/S Bill Smart talking to Jon Pertwee, Max Bygraves, Yolande Donlan and Stanley Baker. C/U of circus owner Billy Smart giving Jon Pertwee a light Bill Smart slaps Pertwee's face playfully. C/U of film star Stanley Baker cracking joke with friend. C/U of Max Bygraves adjusting Billy Smarts bow tie.

    M/S of Cardew Robinson and comedian Tommy Cooper and a midget clowning around in tent. M/S of Bygraves riding horse in the big top. C/U of Max Bygraves father. C/U of Billy Butlin and Billy Smart smoking cigars. L/Ss of elephants parading around the ring, a girl is seated on the back wearing feathered head-dress. L/S of man on stilts. L/Ss of chimpanzees balancing on balls. L/S of audience applauding.

    L/Ss of elephants standing one one another backs. Several shots of Hattie Jacques, Vera Day, Hylda Baker, Frances Day and Penny Smart laying down in the ring whilst an elephant slowly walks over them. They all jump up after the elephant has passed. Various shots of comedy cricket match which involves clowns and England cricketer Colin Cowdrey.

    Amendment October 2011: A visitor to the site has provided us with additional information. The midget listed is Kenny Baker, who later found fame as the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars. As the elephants step over the ladies, they are watched by, amongst others, athlete Chris Chataway, trumpeter Jack Jackson and comedian Jimmy Wheeler.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:51:00 / 01:12:43:00

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