Title ID 7940Collection ID920
TitleWheels at a Fair; TV Tealeaf; The Sorcerer's Apprentice; A Phoney Business; The Gremlins in the Washtub; [Players]; What Would Voo-Doo?; Mouse House; Vulgar Fractions; The Ten Best
Date[ca. 1965]
CollectionWoking Film Makers
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFiction
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsClothing Animals Children Family Clubs Performing Arts Fairgrounds Health Services Law Enforcement
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWoking Cine Club
CameraWoking Cine Club
ParticipantsWoking Cine Club
FormatColour Sound
Duration17 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This reel shows a series of ten short fiction films with comedic themes, produced by Woking Cine Club in the mid 1960s. Films include animations and camera trick narratives. The online clip features a burglar who steals a family's possessions whilst they watch the TV.


"Wheels at the Fair"

This colour silent film shows a boy on the rides at a funfair. [Not in online video]

"TV Tealeaf or for the uninitiated TV Thief"

A man wearing a black eye mask climbs into a family living room unnoticed. The family sit in front of the television, captivated. They eat sweets, passing the plates along to the thief, who places the family silver into a sack. The thief puts his arm around the daughter, who takes no notice until she looks up and screams. Music plays throughout the film.

[Remaining fiction shorts not online]

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

Instrumental music plays. A magician turns members of his audience into a soft toy and plants a wig on their heads.

"A Phoney Business"

A silent film about a patient who only gets his doctor's attention by calling on the telephone.

"The Gremlins in the Washtub"

This film with instrumental music features a washing powder salesman who ruins his customer's washing.


This film shows a silent spoof cigarette commercial where two men play a game of Poker.

"Distaff Films Present... What Would Voo-Doo?"

Stop-motion animation about two statues who transform objects on the table.

"Mouse House"

A stop motion animation featuring a can and mouse, made of modelling clay.

"Vulgar Fractions"

In a classroom, results of an equation on a blackboard are revealed as a woman's bust, waist and hip measurement superimposed over several topless commercial photographs of naked women.

"Ten Best"

This film consists of ten pictures of pin up women in various states of undress.


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