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    Introductory intertitle reads: "Every day in every way the lion tamer of today is getting more supreme in his mastery of Leo."

    M/S of group of lions in a cage. Lion tamer follows them. He makes the lions do various tricks. He runs around the cage tormenting the lions with a whip. People stand around the outside of the cage watching the performance.

    The lions look pretty tired and docile when the tamer makes them lie down - they may be drugged. The tamer attempts to lie on the backs of the dozing lions but one of them doesn't like it and sits up - the tamer gets off sharpish!

    "These subjects need a lot of posing!" Tamer pats lions on the head. The lions sit in a row and turn around to look at the keeper. Reverse view of the scene - looks quite cute as they are all snuggled up together. Closer view of the scene. The lions look tired.

    "And no correspondence course ever tries to teach this - " C/U of the lion tamer standing close to one of the lions being nice and nasty in quick succession. The lion doesn't look too happy. Tamer opens the lion's mouth very wide then puts his head inside. He closes the lion's mouth again and smiles at the camera.

    L/S of lions standing on their hind legs on little podiums in the cage - this is obviously not natural. C/U of one of the poor old things with his legs in the air.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:30:00 / 01:26:39:00
    PSP 742
    Sort Number:
    PSP 742
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture Science & Technology
    HMDG - Workers Zoo - poor conditions
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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