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Widdicombe Fair

About the film

A rendition of the traditional English folksong 'Widdicombe Fair', accompanied by animated drawings.

Details

Release year
1947
Production company
W.M. Larkins Studio, G.B. Instructional
Composer
Hubert Clifford
Running time (minutes)
05 mins 32 secs
Drawings by
W.M. Larkins Studio
Music Sung by
Dale Smith, male voice quartet

Original Description

'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, Lincolnshire Poacher.

Trivia

  • Also known by the title 'Tam Pierce', Widdicombe Fair is a traditional English folk song (Roud #137) dating back to the 19th century.
  • Widdicombe Fair was made in 1947, but was withdrawn from distribution no later than 1950 - suggesting that the experimental piece was deemed a failure, and that the film may never have actually been distributed abroad.
  • Historians local to Widecombe have attempted to trace the Tom Cobley who served as inspiration for the song, with some success.

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