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; Sailor Circus; Ringling Brothers Circus; Emmett Kelly; artists Ben Stahl, Thornton Outes and Sid Solomon; author John D. McDonald and historian Arnold Toynbee. The film also shows outdoor recreation. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-15 CA111; S. 828
Circus Hall of Fame

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 speaker R. Buckminster Fuller and guests Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky), a Black Student Union protest in front of Ruby Diamond, the crowning of FSU homecoming Princess Susan Kelbe and Chief Phil Barco, the Ringling Brothers Circus in Tallahassee, and an exhibit at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts.
Video Details
11:41; color; silent; V-133 CA252; S. 1239
true

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 of the underwater theater used by visitors to view the shows at Weeki Wachee.
true

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 State Park (now Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park). Viewers see Rainbow Springs' "submarine boats" and Weeki Wachee. At Tarpon Springs, a diver puts on a suit and jumps in. Also shown are Tampa Bay hotels, fishing party boats, tarpon fishing, horse and dog races, jai-alai, baseball spring training, golf, boating and skiing. The film also shows Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Sarasota's Horn's Cars of Yesterday and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Viewers see the Ringling Brothers Circus in Venice, the Edison Home in Fort Myers and the Caribbean Gardens in Naples. Produced by Beckley Films and FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines and FDC.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-12 CA028; S.828
Ringling Brothers Circus

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, have their hair done, and drink a Pepsi for the camera. They visit Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Circus Hall of Fame, and Horn's Cars of Yesterday and eat at Seven Steers Steak House. Then the big event is shown. Produced by FDC.
Video Details
12:45; B&W; sound; BA120
Jungle Gardens, Circus Hall

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)
true

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 Florida State Advertising Commission.
Video Details
10:00; color; sound; V-94 BA005; S. 828
true

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 other politicians and celebrities, including Reubin Askew, Ted Kennedy, Ed Muskie, Shirley Chisholm, Hubert Humphrey, Thomas Eagleton, George Wallace, Henry Kissinger, John Wayne, Barry Goldwater, Frank Sinatra, Chad Everett, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charlton Heston. Produced by Coronado Studios ; sponsored by the Tourism Development Authority of Miami Beach.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-22; CA130, S. 828
with footage of a circus, industry

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.
: FLYING HIGH CIRCUS PROMO

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 Guided Tours.
CIRCUS HALL OF FAME

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 Guided Tours.
of Silver Springs, the Circus

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.
to Sarasota and the Ringling Circus

FLORIDA DERBY FESTIVAL '82

253047
Date
1982
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:50; color; sound; V-11 CA100; S. 828
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 wild animal race using wild mustangs. There is a water skiing dog in the ski show. Fashions are modeled. The race includes female jockeys. Produced by Tel-Air Interests; sponsored by Florida Derby Festival Inc.
High Circus. Viewers see a

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. Produced by FDC.
CIRCUS OF SUMMER FUN

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
High Circus, theater

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.
of Yesterday and the Circus Hall

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 High School's Sailor Circus. It also shows vocational education, Future Farmers, oyster cultivation, music, theater and art. It shows architecture of various campuses and ends with a speech by Floyd T. Christian, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The missile launch referred to in the title is figurative. Produced by Coronado Studios; sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.
Circus. It also shows

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 by Beckley Films in conjunction with the Florida Development Commission.
, Circus Hall of Fame, Seminole

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 floats and in costume and shots of the decorated "pirate" ship with no pirates aboard. This material seems to be outtakes from DA003 Fl, "State Fair & Gasparilla Celebration." "Coler" was the title on the can. It may be the photographer's name.
tigers, and a couple of circus

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 also shows "Negro Day" with marching bands, track events and the presentation of the "Outstanding Negro of the Year Award." The 4-H Club is shown and Florida Secretary of Agriculture Nathan Mayo presents awards. Future Homemakers are shown making cookies. Cigar making is shown and a human cannonball flies. An underwater kitchen features a mermaid housewife. A parade features many floats and costumes. This is a wonderful Kodachrome film. Produced by Ball Productions of Miami; sponsored by the Florida State Advertising Commission and the Florida State Fair and Gasparilla Association.
, circus acts, produce displays

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, Palmetto and the island communities. They go for a plane ride, providing aerial views. Viewers see Sunshine Skyway (with the second span under construction), Ringling Art Museum, Gamble Mansion, Circus Hall of Fame, Lipizzaner Stallions, Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum and Pittsburgh Pirates spring training. The film also shows recreational activities including skiing and fishing. Produced by Hack Swain; sponsored by Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-58 CA170; S. 828
, Gamble Mansion, Circus Hall

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. The film shows the "World's Most Unique Monument," which is a structure built of concrete and colorful stones. Viewers see scenes of shuffleboard and footage of M.P. Mickler & Sons, manufacturers of fruit boxes. The film shows their yard, milling and assembly. Viewers then see the Kiwanis "Whipping Post," where some men pretend to be whipped. Following that are exteriors of a store advertising rodeo tickets and a scene of children wearing cowboy hats. The children are seen singing along with two women playing accordion and bass fiddle in the library. Then, there is an outdoor sing-along for adults. Next is "Lions in Action," where Lions Club members dressed as cowboys put men in a pillory. The Cattlemen's Store is seen next, where they sell "western" clothing, including gaudy ties. The film then shows "Snake Village and Alligator Farm." Viewers see exteriors with a boardwalk across a large, rectangular pond full of gators. The same pond is seen in aerials at the beginning of the film. A few Seminoles are seen. Then, Silver Spurs goes through town. Next is the Silver Spurs Rodeo, with riding, roping, bull-dogging and a clown act. Then, the film shows Henry O. Partin & Sons Heart Bar Ranch, where viewers see prize Brahma bulls. There are scenes of Veterans Farm Training Program displays in a tent at the end. There is no narration, just circus-style music throughout. The same song plays over and over again. Produced by National Film Productions.
. There is no narration, just circus

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