• Short Summary

    Lots of bits and pieces of dance footage - mostly 1940s and 1950s.

  • Description

    Unedited compilation of various clips of dance footage. Mostly very short shots, mostly 1940s and 50s I would think. Some intermittent sound.

    C/U of man various musicians playing instruments: drums, trumpets, saxophones, etc. A German oom-pa band walks through a crowd lined street playing their instruments. African man performing a traditional dance. Clarinet players. Morris dancers performing in front of a church. Hawaiian dancing.

    Tribal dance - C/U of mens' feet, they wear furry ankle garments. Two couples jiving. A man in a suit dances in front of a car as it moves along. A majorette does cartwheels in the road in front of a car. Two girls dance together. Group of African men play primitive glockenspiels. Tribes people dance. Traditional Thai or Indonesian (?) dancing. Four young girls in white with flowers in their hair dance together - Scottish reels? or country dancing. Men in very large ornate head-dresses dance - Belgian? Flemish? African man in a large head-dress which looks out of place with his modern suit dances in front of musicians. Traditional folk or country dancing. A couple dancing in a jiving competition. Hawaiian woman dances with a Caucasian tourist. Man plays a washboard. Various African tribal dances.

    C/U of girls wearing Beatles shirts and mop top wigs dancing and playing pretend instruments. Three middle aged women hitch their skirts up and do some high kicks. Young boys and girls all in white dance together. More Hawaiian or Tahitian dancing. Two middle aged women in large hats dance together and sing. Traditional Hawaiian dancing. Burmese (?) dancing. Various shots of musicians. High angle shot of society men and women doing a progressive dance in a street in top hat and tails and white frocks and hats. Jitterbug contest. Teenage boys getting into a rock and roll frenzy. Lyceum, national dance championship. The twist - various couples twist. Hawaiian girls dance on an airport runway. Tourists dancing with locals on a beach in Tahiti.

    Second cataloguer described film as follows:

    This is a compilation of short clips of world music and dance, it includes:
    CUs white musicians playing jazz. Traditional German brass band in street, African dancing, Morris dancing, Hawaiian and Tahitian dance, Jiving in the street, American street parade dancing, Traditional dance from Indonesia or Burma, little girls dancing.
    Mid European Morris style dance with enormous mad head dress and an African equivalent. Skiffle. African trance dancing and drumming, White Americans trying Tahitian dance.
    Knee's up dancing, western formal-dress street dancing, an unrestrained indoor Jiving competition, national Jiving championship at the Lyceum, indoor Twisting competition.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:02:54:00

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