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    Soldiers recreate the American West in military show in Romsey.

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    Titles read: 'Romsey. Military Wild West Show.'


    Soldiers recreate the American West. First some guys come riding out on horseback - among these some stunt riders standing up on horses; a guy twirling a lasso. Next; a roping demonstration: a man with a lasso stands in a large field; and lassos a man on horseback as he rides by. Then we see a horse & rider pulling a man behind them who has a rope around his waist! Looks like cruel & unusual punishment. We missed the part where he roped the guy like a calf; though!

    A line of men in front of building in BG. Another stunt: a man stands holding out a stick (?) and the roping expert; this time wielding a whip; whips the stick into pieces. Dressed up like American-Indians; in long fringed jackets; headbands; feathers; the soldiers dance around 2 wigwams or tepees (teepees) portraying wild savages. 'Cowboys' gather round tables outside makeshift saloon to get drink - two stand on tables and play banjos. Parade of horse-drawn carriage followed by stunt rider standing up on horse and other horseback riders.

    Racism; stereotyping; World War One; entertainment.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:46:00 / 01:53:36:00
    ON 099 E

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