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  • Short Summary

    Children and adults straddle pole and have pillow fights on a ship, plus dancing and quoits.

  • Description

    Greasy Pole Dance - on board a ship off the coast of Finland.

    Group of about 8 young boys aged about 10 years, trying to climb onto and stay straddling a greased pole; sticking out horizontally on a ship's deck. Lots of slipping and sliding. Funny. Sometimes they all fall down together.

    CU of a 1-year-old baby standing up; w/ ship's officer holding the little toddler's arm. Next the officer stands next to the pole; where all the boys have finally succeeded in sitting in a row. They all fall down again; w/ officer lifting 2 of them down. CU large woman in cloche hat. CU couple. CU 1st woman; w/ another wearing fur round her neck. Shot looking down at crowd of middle-class people on deck.

    Back at the pole; 2 boys straddling it try to have a pillow fight while crowd watches. Next 2 girls (aged about 12) give it a try. Then a series of pairs of grown men sit on the pole and whack each other w/ pillows; and finally; 2 women. Throughout all this; the spectators are laughing uproariously.

    Couples dancing on deck - also some women & girls dancing together. CU band - drummer; accordion; trumpet. More dancing. Then shot from above of people dancing polka (?). 3 women & a man playing quoits on deck.

    Recreation; games; contests; silly; social dance; sports; fur; children.

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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:
    01:35:52:00 / 01:42:51:00
    ON 350 A

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