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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of people having fun on rides at Hampstead Heath Fairground.

  • Description

    Hampstead Heath Fairground, London.

    Much great footage of funfair rides. Speed keeps changing to super-fast; as a sort of trick film joke.

    Opens w/ roundabout: shot from below of young men & women spinning round in individual seats hanging on long chains from a central thing like upside-down hat. As it turns the swings are lifted up & out by centrifugal force. Then great shot that stays on 2 young women as they spin around; the cameraman must have been in a swing himself.

    General view looking down hill toward the fairgrounds w/ tents; rides; crowds coming & going. Suddenly speeds up; people scurrying about. CU Man wearing mortar board in fruit drink stand squirting flavours in cups; serving customers. CU Boy eating something - sweets (?). Regular speed again.

    Next; another attraction - helter skelter slide; crowd at bottom. Wide shot looking out over fairgrounds with merry-go-round / carousel in centre. Then same; high speed. Regular speed shot of swing roundabout as in first shot but this time showing whole ride. Then high speed of people changing seats - this is very silly. Regular speed people on ride.

    High speed people running through park; fairground in BG. Finally both fast and reg. versions of children riding donkeys. Man w/ whip walks behind in case animals get stubborn.

    Recreation; fun.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:38:00 / 01:07:45:00
    ON 355 D

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