The Lincolnshire Poacher

About the film

A rendition of the traditional English folksong 'The Lincolnshire Poacher', accompanied by animated drawings.


  • Release year - 1947
  • Production company - Larkins Studio, G.B. Instructional
  • Composer - Hubert Clifford
  • Drawings by - Larkins Studio
  • Music Sung by - Dale Smith, male voice quartet
  • Running time (minutes) - 03 mins 04 secs

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, Widdicombe Fair.

Did you know?

  • Two bars from the song 'The Lincolnshire Poacher' are famously associated with their use as an interval signal on a mysterious radio 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  • The Lincolnshire Poacher was made in 1947, but was withdrawn from distribution no later than 1950 - suggesting that the experimental piece was deemed a failure, and that this film may never have actually been distributed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.

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