• Description

    Prelude shows the years counting down from 1934 to the 1900s with a montage of watches seen behind. Commentator says we are going to meet a real old-fashioned juggling 'turn'. Titles read: "The GIRLS of our Youth!"

    Location of events unknown.

    Archive footage from around the 1900s shows two female jugglers in a room or studio. They lie on their backs on special seats on the floor with their legs in the air. They both wear short costumes and black tights.

    Their male assistant gives each one a barrel and the women juggle them with their feet, turning the barrels this way and that, over and from side to side. Quite impressive, though not hugely entertaining! The music on the (modern) soundtrack makes it seem quite funny - the tune is 'You Can't Play My Ukulele'. At the end they both fling their barrels to the man, get up and take a bow.

    No mention is made of the name of the act - does anyone out there know?

    According to paperwork and old record the story then showed us the modern-day version of the act, 'Levanda, the world's greatest Lady Foot Juggler', but this section is currently missing.

    See Film I.D. 2879.10 (Turns Can 5) and Film I.D. 2993.04 (Pictorial Review of 1943) for what is probably the missing section (with performer billed as "Lavanda")

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:23:00 / 01:53:54:00
    PSP 848
    Sort Number:
    PSP 848
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Entertainment & Humour
    Variety (BBC4) 2 The Story of Variety circus girls Turns 1934 Jugglers
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