Cats v Dogs
Pampered pooches or fabulous felines? It’s the eternal popularity contest.
From human companions to internet superstars, cats and dogs have long been in competition for the top spot in our affections. In this collection our age-old infatuation is laid bare in home movies and newsreels, in dramas, comic skits and animation. We were capturing our fluffy friends’ antics on film long before the smartphone arrived - in fact since the very dawn of cinema. But the big question is: which is the best? You decide!
Home movie19311 minsSilent Location: Llandegfan
Mingo, Jerry and Thea: names of the dogs or people seen? Either way, they will be connected, for sure, with Isla Johnston of Bryn Mêl, Glyngarth, Anglesey, who shot the footage.
Documentary197010 mins Location: Bingley
The quirks of a whippet race, with novices in winklepickers learning from the old hands, all fully elucidated in broad West Yorkshire dialect.
Amateur film193512 minsSilent Location: Little London
Little disturbs the peace in Little London - despite some foxhunting, polo and the Second World War!
Non-Fiction19286 minsSilent Location: Crystal Palace
Dogs and cats go on show at two princely London venues – among them some of the fluffiest kittens London is ever likely to see.
Amateur film195722 minsSilent Location: Great Yarmouth
An affectionate record of a family pet, Sparta the Springer Spaniel who leads a full and active life, but with plenty of cuddles from her family.
School programme and Educational film195911 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall
On the farm there is heavy work to be done (ploughing, silage-making, concrete-ing) and lighter jobs (feeding fluffy chicks and tabby cats).
Home movie192410 minsSilent Location: Plas Newydd
Three loyal labradors - Brandy, Biscuit and Bran – are solid members of the dog fraternity that is part of life at ‘Plas Newydd’.
Children's198315 mins Location: South Shields
Appealing 1980s animation of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s fable in which a cave woman’s magic fails to tame a cat with attitude.
Parsonage Farm II – cats, ducks, cows, daisies - and seagullsParsonage Farm II – cats, ducks, cows, daisies - and seagulls
Home movie19413 minsSilent
It’s summertime and it’s fun for the Pym children - Michael and Frances – to play on the duck house and pick daisies.
Children's195216 mins Location: Callington
A rascally sheepdog redeems himself when he goes to the rescue of two children trapped in an old Cornish tin mine
Animation & Artists Moving Image197610 mins Location: South Shields
A boy and his cat make mischief in the snow at South Shields in this captivating hand-drawn childrens animation created by Sheila Graber.
After Christopher becomes a prisoner in his own home, the persistence of a scratchy stranger tugs him back into reality- feet first.
Sponsored film19433 minsSilent Location: Cambridge
Possibly the cutest and quirkiest road safety film you are ever likely to watch, featuring a purely canine cast and a grocery shopping trip.
School programme and Educational film197516 mins Location: Wandsworth
Horses pulling beer and a police dog feature in this children’s TV series that show children what they can see in the streets around them.
Home movie19312 minsSilent Location: Pen-y-parc
Two playful pekineses plant themselves on a garden parapet at Pen-y-Parc, Beaumaris, Anglesey, preventing over-heating by protruding their tongues, which flap prettily.
Non-Fiction19261 minsSilent Location: Crystal Palace
Some adorable pooches go under the hammer at Crystal Palace at an auction led by local celebrity, actress Gladys Cooper, raising funds for a London hospital.
Amateur film19694 minsSilent
It's Christmas Day and while the family enjoys their annual feast the cat is having a Christmas 'banquet' of its own.
Parsonage Farm III – kids, cat, chick and childrenParsonage Farm III – kids, cat, chick and children
Home movie19424 minsSilent
Arnold William Pym’s entrancing shots of Parsonage Farm’s animals: goat kids encounter a cat, and a cat is fazed by a chick!
Amateur film19626 mins Location: Moorlands
A rather different view of the world, as seen through the eyes of a poodle, as “Mimi” is taken for a walk by two ladies in their summer dresses.
Parsonage Farm I – cats, dogs, children and tea-timeParsonage Farm I – cats, dogs, children and tea-time
Home movie195114 minsSilent
Life at Parsonage farm includes courageous cats, cute kittens, sweet Shetland collies, appealing puppies and kids in the kitchen.
Non-Fiction19221 minsSilent Location: Hammersmith and Fulham
Pekingese and daschunds – as well as a tiny puppy – are shown cavorting happily at this dog show in West London.
Drama-documentary193915 mins Location: Treorchy/Treorci
The Ocean Coal Co. employed not just miners but also shepherds, as evidenced here. Tom Jones of Treorchy protects the company's assets above ground with care and great skill.
This nostalgic advert introduces all new CDF - Chicken Dog Food - for pampered pooches, puppies and their discerning owners everywhere
Nantgwynfynydd Isaf Farm - cattle and beets, dog and cat, hedging and hayNantgwynfynydd Isaf Farm - cattle and beets, dog and cat, hedging and hay
Home movie196010 minsSilent Location: Oakford/Derwen Gam
A new tractor is delivered, ‘Agriquipment’ demonstrate hedging but then disaster strikes: a muddy road brings down a lorry load of hay.
Non-Fiction19261 minsSilent Location: Roehampton
Bravura performance from some German Shepherds, who leap over high walls and through burning barriers at this demonstration in Roehampton.
Animation & Artists Moving Image198613 minsSilent
The shenanigans of Cuthbert-Tiggy, the mischievous kitty who enjoys a tipple. An intriguing combo of stop-motion animation and live action.
Children's195221 minsSilent Location: Biddenden
An eccentric dog-loving grocer leads the chase to reclaim a stolen pedigree poodle in this madcap canine comedy
Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins
Killjoy, or conscience of a generation? Charley cat scuppers a playdate, but earns a fishy picnic through doing the right thing
Amateur film196012 minsSilent Location: Blackpool
Have a doggy treat - and meet some very well groomed visitors to Blackpool.