About the film
A rendition of the traditional English folksong 'Widdicombe Fair', accompanied by animated drawings.
- Release year
- Production company
- W.M. Larkins Studio, G.B. Instructional
- Hubert Clifford
- Running time (minutes)
- 05 mins 32 secs
- Drawings by
- W.M. 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, Lincolnshire Poacher.
- 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- Widdicombe Fair was made in 1947, but was withdrawn from distribution no later than 1950 - suggesting that the experimental piece was deemed a failure, and that the film may never have actually been distributed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.