Title ID 13120Collection ID1200
TitleBognor [Clown]
DateSeptember 1928
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
KeywordsBeaches Children Piers Performing Arts Leisure Time Activities Animals Domestic Gardens
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDavid Tomlinson
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration01 min 12 sec
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


An amateur film of children having a picnic in a back garden followed by scenes on Bognor Regis beach. Children play in the sand and a crowd watch a clown juggling and performing. Bognor pier can be seen in the background and donkeys are led along the beach.


A black and white still image taken from TID 13120, showing the shore line at Bognor, where a clown is performing a juggling routine to a large group of children, that are sat on the beach in front of him. Bognor Pier can be seen in the background.

Contextual information

The clown seen performing here is Frank Bale, previously of the entertainment troupe The Royal Zanettos. The Royal Zanettos was the stage name of the Bale family's 'Japanese' juggling act which they performed around the world: once appearing on the same bill in America as Charlie Chaplin. Frank Bale's act often included his performing dog 'Towser'.

Information supplied by Glyn Edwards of the Fedora Group from research undertaken for their 'Stage, Screen & Trench' exhibition at Littlehampton Museum in 2016.