David of Sarasota

252972
Date
ca. 1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the complex of buildings in Sarasota that includes the Ringling Art Museum, Asolo Theater, Museum of the Circus and the Ringling Home. Viewers also see the Players Community Theater; Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra; Sarasota Concert Band; local schools; Sarasota High School; Sa...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-15 CA111; S. 828

Florida State University History (Part 1)

253108
Date
1975
Collection
Video
Description
Raw footage of Florida State University throughout 1975 featuring a swim meet at the Union Pool, FSU Flying High Circus students training and practicing, and scenes from the FSU Circus summer program for children. The video also shows 1975 Earth Day festivities on the FSU Union Green (keynote speak...
Video Details
11:41; color; silent; V-133 CA252; S. 1239

Have Circus, Won't Travel

253230
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:15; b&w; sound; V-108 BA002; S. 828
Description
This is a promotional film depicting a circus-themed underwater show at Weeki Wachee Springs. Footage includes stunts by the show’s “mermaid” performers, including trapeze acts, a ballet routine, tightrope walking, and tricks involving a “dragon” named Willy. The film also features shots o...

Florida Derby Festival '82

253047
Date
1982
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, viewers see the Broward County area and pre-race activities, including a 10K run with Olympic champion Frank Shorter and runner Bill Rogers participating. There is a ball with Vice President Walter Mondale attending. The half-time show includes the FSU Flying High Circus. Viewers see a...
Video Details
13:51; color; sound; V-11 CA100; S. 828

Florida Gulf Coast Holiday

253062
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins in Pensacola. Viewers see Fort Pickens, Blue Angels and the Naval Air Station. The film moves to Panama City, where viewers see people frolicking in the surf and teens with a guitar. In Tallahassee, the film shows Apalachee Parkway toward the Old Capitol, FSU and Killearn Gardens St...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-12 CA028; S.828

Florida Cinderella

232426
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
The Miss Florida Pageant begins in Sarasota with the girls checking into a motel on Lido Beach. They get a room, roommate, a number, and a chaperone; then they get into bathing suits. They cavort and mug for the cameras, frolic in the surf, and practice for the big night. They pose, frolic some more...
Video Details
12:45; B&W; sound; BA120

Filming Cecil Demille's "Greatest Show on Earth"

245873
Date
1952
Collection
Video
Description
This is a home movie of the filming of Cecil DeMille's "Greatest Show on Earth" in Sarasota. There is a parade through town with Paramount camera crews and large crowds of spectators. There is footage of Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Gloria Grahame and Dorothy Lamour.
Video Details
(1952/8:43; color; silent; V-179 H-49)

Museum a Circus Built

253341
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the Italian Renaissance residence and museum in Sarasota , which were created by John and Mable Ringling. It shows many paintings and sculptures, as well as the restoration studio. Painting conservation is shown being done in full sunshine. See AA074, "Museum... Excerpt". Produced by...
Video Details
10:00; color; sound; V-94 BA005; S. 828

Democrats and Republicans in Convention

232387
Date
1972
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows activities in Miami Beach during the Republican and Democratic conventions of 1972. It showcases the Miami Beach Convention Center with footage of a circus, industry shows and ice shows. Viewers also see demonstrators; candidates Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew and George McGovern; and ot...
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-22; CA130, S. 828

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY: FLYING HIGH CIRCUS PROMO

253107
Date
1972
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:01; color; sound; V-202 AA401; S.1239
Description
This is a promotional television spot for the 25th Anniversary of Florida State University's Flying High Circus. It includes shots of circus acrobats and Callaway Gardens, "the summer home of FSU's circus." Produced by WFSU-TV.

CIRCUS HALL OF FAME

252946
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:00; b&w; sound; V-10 BA088; S. 828
Description
This film shows circus mementos and performances from this now defunct attraction. A blonde woman in a dual role appears as "Mom" with a "typical" family and as a performer with trained ponies. Viewers see clowns, trained lions and a trapeze act. There is calliope music throughout. Produced by Guide...

GUIDED TOURS OUTTAKES

253224
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
17:00; color; silent; V-108 CA189; S. 828
Description
This film has outtakes from several Guided Tours productions and includes shots of Silver Springs, the Circus Hall of Fame and a wax museum. Some footage at Silver Springs is underwater and is slightly underexposed. The best underwater shots are a "love scene." This is all Kodachrome. Produced by Gu...

VACATION

253595
Date
Mar-47
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:45; color; silent; V-177 H-11
Description
This film shows a trip to Sarasota and the Ringling Circus. It shows a manatee in a small pool of water, elephants, horses, hippopotami and monkeys. It then moves on to Sarasota Jungle Gardens and nurseries.

CIRCUS OF SUMMER FUN

252947
Date
11-Jun-63
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:50; b&w; silent; V-95 AA149; S. 828
Description
This was a news piece about the FDC campaign called "Circus of Summer Fun," which was created to encourage tourism. In the film, a vacationing family is stopped and "arrested" by Tallahassee City Police and Florida Highway Patrol and rewarded with a free weekend at a motel in Fort Lauderdale. Produc...

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY (Part 7)

253114
Date
1980s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows synchronized swimming, the Flying High Circus, theater, cheerleading, dance, views of campus, an interview with President Sliger and graduation ceremonies. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
22:00; color; some sound; V-134 CA258; S.1239

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MISS FLORIDA

252978
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:32; b&w; sound; V-96 BA168; S. 828
Description
Miss Florida, Gloria Brody, starts her day at the Colony Beach Resort in Sarasota and proceeds to visit other sites and attractions. She visits the Ringling Art Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Horn's Cars of Yesterday and the Circus Hall of Fame. Then, she shops on St. Armand's Key.

T MINUS 15 AND COUNTING

253567
Date
Mid 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-74 CA029; S. 828
Description
This film shows Florida schools, including elementary schools, high schools and colleges. It describes new techniques, special help for Cuban refugees, Seminoles and the disabled. The film features marine biology, computers, electronics, educational television, physical education and the Sarasota Hi...

WONDERFUL WORLD OF FLORIDA

253645
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:10; b&w; sound; V-214 CA318; S. 828
Description
This is a film by Eastern Airlines promoting the sites and scenery of Florida. Many Florida tourist spots are featured, including St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Silver Springs, the Ringling Museum, Circus Hall of Fame, Seminole Indians and alligator wrestling. Presented by Eastern Airlines, produced...

GASPARILLA DAY - COLER

253145
Date
Feb-53
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:35; b&w; silent; V-102 BA013; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of "pirates" getting ready for the civic celebration, shots of the pirates turning their guns over to authorities, a man with trained tigers, and a couple of circus performers entering a cannon barrel and being shot into the air. There are several shots of young ladies on parade...

FLORIDA STATE FAIR AND GASPARILLA CELEBRATION

253097
Date
Feb-53
Collection
Video
Video Details
24:30; color; sound; V-7 DA003; S.828
Description
The 48th Annual Florida State Fair includes the Gasparilla Pirate Celebration in which men dress as pirates and sail into Tampa Bay. Parades, circus acts, produce displays, industry displays and livestock displays from all over the state are shown. Viewers see a car race and car stunts. The film als...

MAGIC OF MANATEE

253308
Date
Early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
Conquistadors come ashore in a reenactment of De Soto's alleged landing in Manatee County. Through "film magic," a crewman is transported through time to the present to see what the area is now like. A woman shows the crewman the area by cruising around in a Corvette convertible, seeing Bradenton, P...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-58 CA170; S. 828

KISSIMMEE: COW CAPITAL OF FLORIDA

253286
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
36:06; color; sound; V-103 EA011; S. 828
Description
This film starts with shots of the Kissimmee Police force, which is only composed of five officers. Then, there are bumpy aerials of the town, including railroad cars and "downtown." The airplane used for the aerials is seen landing. Viewers see the Tropical Hotel, which seems to be full of cowboys....

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