• Short Summary

    Highlights from Bertram Mills' Circus at Olympia.

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    Olympia, London.

    Elephants circling around while their trainer Joan directs them. Children watching the elephants' performance. They are the new arrivals at Bertram Mills' circus - baby elephants from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Baby elephant wiggling its head. Another elephant hopping around. Close up shot of the two girls in the audience enjoying the show. Joan standing on top on the two elephants (one foot on each) with the other two behind with their front feet on top of the first two. Children applauding.

    Various shots of the woman and a man (Guttenbergs) on the back of two horses riding in circles. They jump and wiggle on top of the horses pretending that they cannot get on them properly. Children watching. Woman climbs on man's back while circling. A great close up shot of a boy with glasses looking upwards with his mouth wide open.

    Woman with a vale over her head walking along the high wire with a pole in her hands (Malikova). She sits and starts twisting and turning. Children looking on. Woman lion tamer, Lydia, in a lion cage with lions sitting on high stools. Lydia feeds one of the lions from hand. Children looking. Lydia feeds another lion from a stick.

    A dog in elephant's costume balancing on top of barrel. A woman (Malta) standing in front encouraging it. Two dogs in boxer shorts and boxer gloves boxing. A man (Fernando) walking around as a referee. Fernando walking, what appears to be, a very log dog with a cover on - two dogs with head of the first at front and tail of the other at the back. Children applaud.

    Various shots of the clowns' performance, one of the clowns is Coco. They are 'decorating' so there are plenty of buckets with paint, brushing faces, pouring paint over heads and falling over each other into paint. Children laugh and cheer loudly.

    (Orig.Neg.) (Title scene A.)

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:59:00 / 01:26:43:00

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