Universal Newsreels - Pantomime Circus
Los Angeles, CA
1929 (Actual Year)
TITLE: "These Kids believe that Barnum was Right. City playground commission helps them have a circus with elephants (words blocked)." Crowds of kids surrounding what appears to be a fake circus car. "Municipal Circus" is painted on the top. The doors open and the Ringmaster makes his entrance into the crowds of children who wave anxiously. TITLE: "The ponderous pachyderm is peevish." Two men in elephant costume (think pantomime horse) run around the playground with the crowds of kids looking on. CU kids looking down into camera, swinging legs and waving, smiling. Elephant runs right up to camera TITLE: "Woah there!" Ringmaster performs with kids wearing horse costumes doing all the traditional circus tricks. TITLE: "Real ring stuff." Shots of a pantomime bull-fight with a cowboy holding up a large handkerchief. The bull collapses and the cowboy, with one foot on the bull, waves the handkerchief in victory. TITLE: 'Oo-oh Acrobats!" Kids line up on the ground, huddled close together as acrobats run and jump over them. A little editing fun here as one shot is cut in normally and then backwards as if the acrobat did the jump both ways! Same trick to show a human pyrimid assemble in a fraction of a second.
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