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Circus In Training (1955)

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Published on Apr 13, 2014

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Bertram Mills circus in training. SV. Elephants trotting around the ring in training. CU. Head of an elephant. SV. Girl manicuring elephant's toe nails. CU. Filling toe nails with large rasp. SV. Hemiz Levendowski being pulled up on his high stilts. SV. Circus midget helping to raise the stilts. Pan up to Levendowski perched above the ground. CU. Midget holding one of the stilt legs. He leaves go and looks up. Angle shot Levendowski standing on his stilts: clutching hold of wires. LV. Bertram mills coach driving in between his legs. & SV. Pan up to Levendowski on his stilts. SV. Chimps going through their boxing routine in the ring. CU. Two chimps boxing. The bell goes and they go back to their corners. SV. A chimp boxer's second putting bucket completely over head of chimp boxer. CU. Other chimp boxer in corner with chimp second hitting the turn up bucket on the chimp's head. The chimp's second climbs out of the ropes with the bucket. SV. Baby chimp standing on table jumping up and down getting exciting for the start of another round. SGV. Start of another round with the two chimps coming out of their corners fighting. SV. Line of chimps 'audience' getting excited. SV. Two chimps fighting in ring. The knockout comes and one of the chimps falls to the ground. CU. Chimp on the floor. SV. Champion chimp sitting in his corner, smiling. SCU. Two chimps working hard on the knockout. GV. Alex Kerr the Scottish lion trainer with his lions performing in cage. CU. Alex Kerr. CU. Lion growling and roaring. CU. Tiger. SV. Lion pushing drum round while tiger is balancing and walking on top of it. CU. Lion pushing drum round. Pan up to tiger balancing and he jumps off. CU. Lion. SV. Alex Kerr standing whilst from behind comes a tiger and pushes this legs open and walks in between. SV. Alex Kerr sitting on the back of the tiger.




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Note: There are almost identical films - Colour Pictorial (International Pictorial) CP 002 and Colour Pictorial CP 051 both named BOXING CHIMPS in which the same chimps show how the boxing number looks at performance.
FILM ID:549.19

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