• Short Summary

    Bertram Mills circus as Olympia, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret watch.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Circus is Royal Fun".

    Bertram Mills Circus, Olympia, London.

    Various shots of Douglas Kossmayer with his Palominos, zebras and ponies running round the circus ring. C/U of woman with young baby pointing. Panning shot Schumann's horses: four men standing on horseback with girls on their shoulders all wearing Hussar costumes. C/U small girls eating apples. C/U small boy turning his head and laughing. Small girl clapping. C/U small girl sucking lolly. C/U little girl looking at circus act with her mouth open. C/U schoolboy laughing.

    M/S of Princess Margaret seated in Royal box. Various shots of Gusta Kruse, elephant trainer with an elephant driving a car. Several clowns run around car. Various shots of Coco the clown waving his arms and laughing, midget runs up behind Coco and pulls his trousers off (this is Coco's 30th Anniversary in the circus). CU Coco smiling, his hair stands on end.

    Zoom into acrobat Gina spinning on her spinning moon. Tightrope walker Atilana on high wire. C/U of small girl looking on with mouth wide open. Zoom back as Atilana flips off wire. Various shots of the three Ghezzis, clowns, doing slapstick comedy. Various shots of midgets Kiki and Antonio having jokey boxing match.

    General shot fairground. M/S of Princess Anne (Princess Royal) and Prince Charles (later Prince of Wales) riding ghost train. Charles sits next to a little girl. M/S of Princess Margaret patting one of the circus horses. Various shots of Prince Charles and Princess Anne on dodgems, Princess Margaret rides with Anne. Crowd watches. Prince Charles chats with men about his dodgem car.

    Note: Bertram Mills Circus brochure / programme on file.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1705.23
    Media URN:
    53009
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:10:00 / 01:33:58:00
    Canister:
    59/102

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