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Film, Video Three jumping Tommies Title from M/B/RS copyright descriptions, L14866: Three jumping acrobatic Tommies / Title from Film & Television catalog card: Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts

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Title

  • Three jumping Tommies

Other Title

  • Title from M/B/RS copyright descriptions, L14866: Three jumping acrobatic Tommies
  • Title from Film & Television catalog card: Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts

Summary

  • Opening title introduces "Three jumping Tommies in their original acrobatic stunts," with "Tommies" apparently referring to the performers' British military uniform costumes of caps, shirts and ties, knickers to the knees, tights, and short boots. Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden with fountains. From stage right march three young men; a short boy flanked by two taller men. As they reach center stage, the three turn to the camera and salute, then toss off their caps. The three acrobats perform a variety of acrobatic and gymnastic stunts, including backflips from another's handhold, cartwheels and somersaults where no hands touch the floor, leaping spins similar to cartwheels but with the upper torso parallel to the floor, and a lively shuffle dance interspersed with cartwheels, spins, and twirls. One of the taller boys also performs a series of slow, somewhat comic backwards somersaults, then does a series of handsprings in place at center stage as the other two perform kicks from handstands on either side.
  • Film cuts to another shot of the stage, which now features a tower made of four stacked tables and supported by two of the acrobats and a fourth man. On top of the tower in a chair sits one of the taller acrobats. This boy then does a backflip off the tower, at no time leaving the seat of his chair which lands upright on the stage. The three "Tommies" move downstage, the smaller boy takes a bow from center stage, and the camera lens closes in an iris effect.

Names

  • Spanuth, Hans A., production
  • Commonwealth Pictures Corporation
  • AFI/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Commonwealth Pictures Corp., c1920.

Headings

  • -  Acrobats--United States
  • -  Acrobatics--United States
  • -  Gymnastics--United States

Genre

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

Notes

  • -  LU14866 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Hans A. Spanuth; title & descr., 11Mar20; 8 prints, 26Feb20; LU14866.
  • -  Copyright under the title "Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movies" covers this film and three other Spanuth acts held by LC; the four acts were originally distributed as series release no. 38.
  • -  Film is on r1 of two reels that contain the four acts in Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movies release no. 38, interspersed with four unidentified vaudeville films, possibly uncopyrighted Spanuth movies. LC also holds reel 2. Nitrate deterioration from the original film is printed throughout.
  • -  Duration: 2:43 at 15 fps.
  • -  Third film on reel with: Kruger and Ward, Allen Brothers, and Toto Brothers.
  • -  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/Peters file); M/B/RS shelflist cards.
  • -  Filmed in Chicago Illinois, probably in 1918 or 1919.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 reel of 2 (r1) (130 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 reel of 2 (r1) (130 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FEA 2900 (viewing print)
  • FPD 9067 (dupe neg pic)

Repository

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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 96521477

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Peters. Three jumping Tommies. produceds by Spanuth, Hans A.Uction United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1920. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96521477/.

APA citation style:

Commonwealth Pictures Corporation & Afi/Peters. (1920) Three jumping Tommies. Spanuth, H. A. U., prod United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521477/.

MLA citation style:

Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Peters. Three jumping Tommies. prod by Spanuth, Hans A.Uction United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1920. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96521477/>.