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Film, Video The first circus Tony Sarg's almanac: "The first circus"

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  • The first circus

Other Title

  • Tony Sarg's almanac: "The first circus"


  • During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats.


  • Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942.
  • Dawley, Herbert M., 1880-1970, production.
  • Herbert M. Dawley Productions.
  • Rialto Productions.
  • AFI/Uhl (Clement) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Rialto Productions, 1921.


  • -  Prehistoric peoples--Drama
  • -  Circus--Drama
  • -  Dinosaurs--Drama
  • -  Circus performers--Drama
  • -  Circus animals--Drama
  • -  Acrobats--Drama
  • -  Acrobatics--Drama
  • -  Stone age--Drama


  • Fantasy films
  • Silhouette animation films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  Copyright: no reg.
  • -  Main and end titles lacking.
  • -  Duration: 2:24 (part 1) and 3:28 (part 2) at 20 fps.
  • -  Summary from J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. See reference librarian.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; Library of Congress video collection, v. 3, Origins of American animation, 1900-1921; McIntire, J. Silent animated films at the Library of Congress, 1995; Big cartoon database WWW site, viewed March 26, 2012.


  • 1 film reel of 1 (inc.) (ca. 495 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. viewing print.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FEB 8413 (viewing print)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694026

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Sarg, Tony, Herbert M. Dawley Productions, Rialto Productions, and Afi/Uhl. The First Circus. produceds by Dawley, Herbert M., Uction United States: Rialto Productions, 1921. Video.

APA citation style:

Sarg, T., Herbert M. Dawley Productions, Rialto Productions & Afi/Uhl. (1921) The First Circus. Dawley, H. M., prod United States: Rialto Productions. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Sarg, Tony, et al. The First Circus. prod by Dawley, Herbert M., Uction United States: Rialto Productions, 1921. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.