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Heads up, tails up, ears brushed? Furry frolics from London's Olympia, and a starring role for man's best friend.
Amateur film 1962 10 mins Silent
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Dogs, large and small, smooth and shaggy, fill the cavernous interior of London's Olympia in this colourful record of the Crufts Show. Hairy hounds, working dogs, miniatures, and the most glamorous of all the furry participants - the Afghan hounds - take their turn in the spotlight. Proud owners groom and fuss over their canine companions before they take to the ring to strut their stuff.
Filmmaker Bill Hall recorded dog shows around the country from the 1950s to 1980s. An experienced breeder of Afghan hounds - kennel name Barbille - he was also the author of a book on the breed, and, for many years, a columnist for a weekly UK dog newspaper.
Cats v Dogs
Home movie 1931 1 mins Silent 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.
Documentary 1970 10 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.
Government sponsored film 1943 1 mins
An English Bull Terrier warns wartime cinema goers to put their cigarettes out with more care.
Home movie 1960 2 mins Silent Location: Pwllheli
Gardener’s nightmare: a kitten at large in a flower bed!
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Little London
Little disturbs the peace in Little London - despite some foxhunting, polo and the Second World War!
Non-Fiction 1950 1 mins Silent Location: Winspit
Oh to be Ginger Tom the cat and while away the hours!
Amateur film 1932 2 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Travel back in time to the National Wireless & Radio Exhibition at Olympia London to view the technology of yesteryear.
Promotional 1935 4 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Elephants, acrobats, clowns and cowboys all feature in this highlights reel from the annual Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia.
Promotional 1955 15 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Bears, tigers and elephants perform for the crowds in this compelling colour footage from the Christmas circus at Olympia.
Promotional 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Illuminated carriages, exotic acrobats and boxing clowns all feature in this extended film of highlights from the Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia.
Promotional 1959 5 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Swoon at the costumes, laugh at the clowns and wonder at the elephants as the cast of the Bertram Mills Circus enter the ring for another stellar performance.
Post-War Backstage Stables and Ring Scenes, Ascot & Olympia Post-War Backstage Stables and Ring Scenes, Ascot & Olympia
Amateur film 1955 4 mins Silent Location: Olympia
Hair-combing chimps, performing elephants and a toothsome cheetah feature in this film of the Bertram Mills Circus.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.