This video has no sound
  • Short Summary

    Backstage scenes of midget performers getting ready for a show - making up, dressing then dancing.

  • Description

    Five short women (midgets) walk on to a stage set wearing their underwear and dance shoes. They are getting ready for a performance and sit around in front of a mirror doing their make up and primping their hair. "Even midgets of three-feet-nothing have to face powder before they face the footlights." reads an intertitle. C/U of one of the women putting on make-up at a small table. Three women stand behind in their undies. The women could be mistaken for children - they all look very young. The woman making up does her lipstick, dabs her face with powder, licks her fingers and wets her eyebrows. She then sprays herself with perfume and stands up. We then see her dancing on stage with the other women standing further back.

    A man in a bell boy outfit also stands on the stage. The "undies" are actually their stage costumes - but they look like underwear. The small woman dances a Charleston centre stage. Another one of the women dances on points - her ballet dance incorporates pointing her feet and pirouettes. An intertitle reads: "Hanky - panky - !" One of the women takes a handkerchief from the bell boy, puts it on the ground then bends over backwards and picks it up in her teeth. "From 18 to 28 - all light-footed and light-hearted" (said Mr. Lister)." The women do a high kick routine.

    Was item in Eve's Film Review issue 339.

    Note: obviously seems a little politically incorrect now but probably not at the time.

    Safety print exists.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    880.19
    Media URN:
    15026
    Group:
    Eve pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1927
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:06:00 / 01:47:37:00
    Canister:
    EP 102

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment