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Miss Margaret Morris' Merry Mermaids
Budding dancers take to the beach at Harlech, north Wales, to show off their aquatic-themed moves
Students of Miss Margaret Morris' dance summer school show off their newly-learned moves in this utterly charming newsreel item. An energetic chorus line, movement in dizzying circles and a bizarre tableaux of a crab are all performed with gusto on the beach at Harlech, on the edge of Snowdonia. We're even treated to a glimpse of the rather Amazonian Miss Morris herself, before the budding dancers strike some final poses.
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The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale, made just 37 years after the novel’s publication and eight years after the birth of cinema.
Nature and Science programme 1954 14 mins Silent Location: Headingley
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Advert 1935 4 mins
Part experimental cinema, part advert for the parcel post service, always joyful.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1961 2 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1910 3 mins Silent
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Comedy 1897 1 mins Silent
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Home movie 1966 11 mins Silent Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
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Amateur film 1935 13 mins Silent Location: Barmouth/Abermaw
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Amateur film 1936 16 mins Silent Location: Barmouth/Abermaw
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Promotional 1940 10 mins Location: Paddington Sta
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Amateur film 1950 17 mins Silent Location: Criccieth
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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Comedy 2023 2 mins
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Documentary 2023 2 mins
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