About the film
A rendition of the traditional English folksong 'The Lincolnshire Poacher', accompanied by animated drawings.
- Release year
- Production company
- Larkins Studio, G.B. Instructional
- Hubert Clifford
- Running time (minutes)
- 03 mins 04 secs
- Drawings by
- Larkins Studio
- Music Sung by
- Dale Smith, male voice quartet
‘Two* song films in cartoon form. These films have been made as an experiment, in response to requests for films of a lighter nature.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946-47)
*Refers also to a companion piece, Widdicombe Fair.
- Two bars from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ are famously associated with their use as an interval signal on a mysterious radio numbers station, believed to have been operated by the British Secret Service from the 1970s until 2008.
- The Lincolnshire Poacher was made in 1947, but was withdrawn from distribution no later than 1950 - suggesting that the experimental piece was deemed a failure, and that this film may never have actually been distributed abroad.