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Film, Video Kawana Trio Inventory title: Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 159 / Title in MAVIS: Zouary can no. 159

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  • Kawana Trio

Other Title

  • Inventory title: Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 159
  • Title in MAVIS: Zouary can no. 159


  • Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white leotards with sashes tied at their waists. One of the two men reclines on the platform with his buttocks raised and supported by the cushion and his legs up in the air. The woman, dressed in a white leotard with a camisole-type top, enters and is helped up onto the reclining man's feet by the other partner. Starting on her stomach, the woman is juggled first to a sitting and then a side-reclining position. The film cuts to a closeup of the woman's body and the juggler's feet as he flips her into various positions, and then back to the long shot as she is juggled on her knees, feet, and stomach; somersaulted to a sitting position; and somersaulted to her back and spun. The trio then take a bow to the camera from the stage.
  • The film cuts to a longer shot of the stage with two platforms on either side and the woman standing by a smaller platform center stage and behind the others. With her "spotting" them, the two men position themselves on their backs on the two platforms with their legs facing each other, and take turns juggling and spinning a circus-type barrel and then tossing it to the other, all with their feet. After several times back and forth, the two men stand on the stage and gesture to the camera. The film then cuts to a closer shot of one man positioned on a platform in center stage. The second acrobat runs and jumps onto the reclining man's feet and is juggled and somersaulted. As the second man is spun in a sitting position, the film cuts to a closeup. The man also spins in a tucked position, and then back to a sitting one. With a final cut to the original long shot, the first man continues to juggle and flip the other. Closes with a bow to the camera from the trio.


  • Spanuth, Hans A., production
  • Kawana Trio
  • Commonwealth Pictures Corporation
  • AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Commonwealth Pictures Corp., c1919.


  • -  Jugglers--United States
  • -  Juggling--United States
  • -  Acrobats--United States
  • -  Acrobatics--United States


  • Filmed vaudeville acts
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  LU13859 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Hans A. Spanuth; title & descr., 17Apr19; 4 prints, 5Apr19; LU13859.
  • -  Copyright under the title "Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movies" covers this film and three other Spanuth acts not held by LC; the four acts were originally distributed as series release no. 6.
  • -  There are two copies of this same film on one reel, separated by 2 ft. of clear film and apparently from two different nitrate originals. The digital file was made from the first copy of the film on the reel, which runs 196 ft.; the second copy runs 194 ft. and includes nitrate deterioration printed from the original.
  • -  Duration: 3:16 at 16 fps.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; M/B/RS copyright descriptions; Motion picture news, v. 18.6, p. 955; M/B/RS Acquisition files (AFI/Zouary file); M/B/RS shelflist cards.
  • -  Performers: Kawana Trio.
  • -  Filmed in Chicago Illinois, probably in 1918.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.


  • viewing print 1 reel of 1 (390 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 reel of 1 (390 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FEB 3205 (viewing print)
  • FPD 2098 (dupe neg pic)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 96520998

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. Kawana Trio. produceds by Spanuth, Hans A.Uction United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1919. Video.

APA citation style:

Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation & Afi/Zouary. (1919) Kawana Trio. Spanuth, H. A. U., prod United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. Kawana Trio. prod by Spanuth, Hans A.Uction United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1919. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.