Travelaughs At The "Big Show" 1919

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    Unusual use of cartoon drawings which change into live action.

    A parade of elephants through a city street (probably in America). Men ride on the elephants' backs. Crowds of people including African Americans wait for the circus show to start. A large tent bears the inscription: "To the Big Show - Main Entrance". A cartoon artist paints a picture before our eyes of a boy trying to peek under the canvas for a free view of the show. This then turns into a live action shot of a real boy crawling under the canvas.

    A young boy gets spun around on a piece of machinery - a makeshift fairground ride. A drawing again turns into live action when a "giant" enters the scene. Children and adults crowd around this very tall man. We then see a very small person (a dwarf) standing on a table while people crowd around to see him. He takes his hat off.

    Was an item in Pathe Pictorial.

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    British Pathé
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    01:01:27:00 / 01:04:00:00
    EP 064
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    EP 064
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  • "Children and adults crowd around this very tall man." - the very tall man is George Auger.

    jamied 8th May 2014

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