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Two Columbines
Two Columbines

Two Columbines 1914


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Two Columbines 1914

United Kingdom Director. Harold Shaw

This moving, theatre-set Christmas story is an update of the traditional pantomime harlequinade, with the characters Columbine, Harlequin, Pantaloon and Policeman. It tells of a former dancer, her career cut short by a broken ankle, who works as a skivvy in a Pantomime theatre. On Christmas Eve she dances to entertain her child.

American-born director Harold Shaw was invited to the studio, London Films, to give a professional gloss to its productions.

Directed by

Harold Shaw


Christine Rayner

Hubert Willis

Edna Flugrath

George Bellamy

John M. East




1914 on Film Christmas Crackers




United Kingdom



Production company

London Film Company

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