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  • Short Summary

    A Parisian Flea circus is put through its paces.

  • Description

    Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.

    Paris, France.

    People queue up outside small building. CU Sign 'J'Achete Les Puces'. (I buy fleas).

    Int. People crowd round table - newsreel camera there to record what they are looking at.

    CU. Monsieur Robert, owner of the flea circus placing fleas on arm. He is placing very small items on the inside of his arm which is resting on the table. The items are tiny cars, bikes and other vehicles. A man pulls an enormous magnifying glass from inside his coat and looks through it - his face is highly magnified. C/U of the tiny vehicles through the magnifying glass. Fleas attached to the vehicles move around pulling the cars, bikes etc. behind them. They are moving around a "circus ring." Extreme C/U of fleas pulling a tricycle and a coach.

    Shot of a cameraman moving a large camera as if performing a panning shot. He looks directly into the camera with a strange scowl on his face. Another shot of the coach being pulled along. (The fleas look very big.) Shot of man's face magnified by the magnifying glass. "The jitterbug ball"- fleas move around attached to little paper people models. The models look like they are dancing as the fleas move around. C/U of one of the "dancers". Shot of the cameraman grimacing and scratching his neck: " That's Prince Charming gone west" says the voiceover.

    Flea jumps around - reaction shot from the crowd as they recoil from the table. Man uses a wooden back scratcher. Flea is suspended from a pin and is in turn attached to something which looks like a miniature handbag (hard to tell what this is supposed to be.) C/U of a man scratching his wrist. Two men roll up their trouser legs to have a scratch.

    Possibly connected with 49/14 - MD.

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    Film ID:
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    Unknown sel originals
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:38:00 / 01:31:35:00
    UNSO Reel 050 J

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