Winged Foot Wonders

232444
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This is footage of young boys and girls at Cypress Gardens Ski School receiving instruction from members of the Cypress Gardens Ski Team. The film features several styles of skiing, with skiers Willa McGuire and Al Frido demonstrating the fanciest footwork. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
16:52; color; sound; CA317
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Florida Santa

253090
Date
19-Dec-63
Collection
Video
Description
A Florida Santa presents gifts to two young girls and their mother near a palm tree in Cypress Gardens. He then departs in a small boat loaded with presents. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
1:16; b&w; silent; V-234 AA496; S.828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Ski Champs in Action

232402
Date
1958
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows many water skiing tricks in order to demonstrate the performance of skis made by Cypress Gardens. Trick skis, ski shoes, a ski disc and barefoot skiing are demonstrated. Ski jumps are shown. A couple of jumps result in crash landings.
Video Details
15:15; color; sound; CA017, s.828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Skiing in Dixie

267737
Date
1957
Collection
Video
Description
This narrated film covers the 18th Annual Dixie Water Ski Tournament, held by the American Water Ski Association at Cypress Gardens. The courses involve trick riding, slalom and jumping. Skiers featured include: "Joker" Osborn; Ken White; Joe Cash; Mike Osborn; Buster McCalla; Paul Merrill; Jimmy Jackson; and Ron Marks. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
14:04; color; sound; BA181; V-251
held at Cypress Gardens.

Florida Attractions

246473
Date
1948
Collection
Video
Description
This early movie begins with a series of shots of St. Augustine, including the Fountain of Youth and the oldest house. Next, people are shown catching turtles at Silver Springs. The film continues with brief scenes of: Marineland; Palm Beach; Bok Tower; water skiing at Cypress Gardens; aerial and street scenes in St. Petersburg; Miami; Tin Can camping; Bayfront Park; fishing; Biscayne Bay; horse racing in Hialeah; flamingos; wildlife scenes; Seminoles in the Everglades (aerial of a village and children); sailboat races; and water skiing at night. The color is faded and the film is a little jumpy. Produced by Castle Films.
Video Details
1948 / 6:48; B&W; silent; V-173 S. 828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Holiday on Wheels

253236
Date
Early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, singer Gordon MacRae tours Florida in a recreational vehicle. He visits the Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Everglades National Park, Naples, Tarpon Springs, the <em>HMS Bounty</em> replica and Cypress Gardens (where he meets Dick Pope). The film shows the Sunshine Skyway, an airboat ride, a glass-bottom boat, sponge diving, tarpon fishing, boating, scuba, skiing and hang gliding. Produced by Hollywood Newsreel Syndicate Inc.; sponsored by Trailer Life Publishing Co.
Video Details
23:50; color; sound; V-57 DA001; S. 828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Citrus Boulevard

252948
Date
1965
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Highway 27 on the way to Miami. Viewers see: Silver Springs; Leesburg; the Citrus Tower with high scenic vistas of orange groves; and an amphibious vehicle. A model swipes an orange from a tree in the Governor's Grove where each tree, "belongs" to a state governor. The film shows a citrus stand and Cypress Gardens, with a great shot of tourists and their movie cameras. Viewers also see Bok Tower, and a majorette twirling in front of a store. There are good shots halfway through the film of a convertible with models on the highway. Produced by Guided Tours.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-10 BA113; S. 828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Region with a Record

253416
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Polk County, showing citrus groves and processing, Bok Tower, the Great Masterpiece and Cypress Gardens. Next, the tourist "family" the film is following visits a phosphate mine and they back their convertible into a dragline bucket to convey the size. Viewers see mining underway and the family hunts fossils in debris piles. An "unusual scenic attraction" is Sand Mountain, a phosphate debris pile. Next is a cattle farm, Florida Southern College, and its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Recreation includes skiing, boating and fishing. Produced by Sanborn Film Productions; sponsored by Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
13:18; b&w; sound; V-84 BA130; S. 828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

Disney: Yesterday and Tomorrow

232421
Date
April 23, 1966
Collection
Video
Description
Governor Haydon Burns introduces our "new neighbor" Walt Disney. Uses clips from Disney TV and movies and scenes from the California park to introduce Florida to its newest theme park. Also uses scenes of Disney-created exhibits at the New York World's Fair. Shows color/sound footage of Orlando press conference announcing Disney World. Shows how Disneyland benefited Anaheim, California, economically. Includes testimonials in favor of Disney from Dick Pope of Cypress Gardens, Lamar Allen of the Florida Travel Council, William Johnson of FDC, Tom Pinta of Busch Gardens, and Leonard Hutchinson of Miracle Strip Council. Produced by FDC.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; BA155
Dick Pope of Cypress Gardens

Unusual World of Florida

253592
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with aerials of a Fort Lauderdale airboat ride, swamp buggies in Naples, Corkscrew Swamp, animals along the Wakulla River and Cypress Gardens. It then shows a chrysanthemum farm, Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine), Bok Tower and Citrus Tower. Stephen Foster Memorial is next with nice scenes of a steamboat replica on the Suwannee River. The Keys are shown, including divers in Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marineland with a diver feeding dolphins, loggerheads underwater and laying eggs. Divers in Tarpon Springs and gator wrestling follow. A man catches a cobra by hand and milks venom. There is a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral and an open house at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Produced by Beckley Films in cooperation with FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines.
Video Details
12:53; color; sound; V-74 BA019; S. 828
Cypress Gardens (Winter

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
Cypress Gardens (Winter

International Champions

267766
Date
1967
Collection
Video
Description
This film, narrated by Bob Weaver, promotes the Gulfstream Park horse racing venue. The focus is on the 1967 Florida Derby, a race for three-year-old thoroughbreds, and the special events surrounding the race. These events include: a fashion show; water skiers from Cypress Gardens; a wild animal race featuring zebras ridden by jockeys dressed as Tarzan; and the Derby Ball with shots of Governor Claude Kirk and his wife, Erika, dancing. Other items of interest include: shots of the Jackie Gleason show being filmed at Gulfstream Park; other races, such as the Dawn Handicap; Canadian Turf Handicap; Gulfstream Park Handicap; and the Pan-American Turf Handicap. Produced by Tel-Air Interests, Inc.
Video Details
14:50; color; sound; CA099; V-254
skiers from Cypress Gardens; a

Large Combo Reel

267783
Collection
Video
Video Details
34:59; color; silent; V-255
Description
This silent film consists of a variety of home movies. Scenes include parades featuring floats from the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce and Silver Springs, Shriner clowns with the Shriner clown car and an African-American marching band with majorettes. There are a number of family related scenes, including: a family posing for a photo; a family birthday party with a western style "gunslinger;" families picking peaches; children doing the Hokey Pokey; a family picnic; a little boy riding a goat pulled cart; boating and fishing; children with a pony and pony cart; beach scenes; Cypress Gardens; children dancing, and swimming and water play. Many of the scenes appear to feature the same family.
Type
Image
Cypress Gardens (Fla.)

Danes Visit Clermont 2

267780
Date
1967
Collection
Video
Video Details
05:44; color; silent; V-255
Description
This footage features female skiers with Danish, and "People to People," flags skiing at Cypress Gardens. The footage also includes: people playing in the water; sitting in what appears to be a theater or conference room; a table display on Denmark at the Cooper Memorial Library; a woman sewing Danish flags; oranges being washed in a processing plant; and a plant employee talking to guests. Footage has a home movie feel.
Type
Image
skiing at Cypress Gardens

Fabulous Florida

267702
Collection
Video
Description
This film offers a narrated tour of Florida, highlighting the North, Central and Southern regions. It features shots of: St. Augustine; Tallahassee; Jacksonville; Daytona Beach; Tampa; St. Petersburg; Palm Beach; Ft. Lauderdale; Miami Beach and Key West. The attractions mentioned include: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center; Silver Springs; Rainbow Springs; Miami Seaquarium; Marineland; the Citrus Tower; Bok Tower; Cypress Gardens; Gasparilla Festival; Skyway Bridge; Ringling Art Museum; Everglades National Park and the Overseas Highway. The film also features Seminole Indian culture, Florida agriculture and the citrus industry. Produced by John Bramby for Humble Oil and Refining Company.
Video Details
28:17; color; sound; DA145; V-250
Type
Image
Tower; Bok Tower; Cypress

CYPRESS GARDEN GIFT SHOP FILM

252968
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:45; b&w; silent; V-205 DT006; S. 828
Description
This is a short souvenir film comprised of scenes from Cypress Gardens. Visitors tour the park, take scenic riverboat rides and photograph the young southern belles who stroll the park daily. Produced by Cypress Gardens.
CYPRESS GARDEN GIFT SHOP

WORLD TOW GLIDER CHAMPIONSHIP

253649
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:00; color; sound; V-42 AA010; S. 828
Description
This film gives a description of the sport and then shows the competition at Cypress Gardens as the kite gliders are towed by a boat until they reach an altitude of 500 feet. Then, the kite is released and the pilot must perform maneuvers and hit a target. Produced by Cypress Gardens.
at Cypress Gardens as the kite

THE NEW CYPRESS GARDENS

253350
Date
13-Jan-80
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:40; color; sound; V-71 BA147; S. 828
Description
This film shows all the features of Cypress Gardens. The film has a slight reddish-brown tint in some places.
THE NEW CYPRESS GARDENS

CYPRESS GARDENS

252966
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:05; color; sound; V-15 BA032; S. 828
Description
This film shows water skiing at Cypress Gardens, including a person in a tiger suit on skis, ballerinas in tutus, skiing barefoot backwards, kite fliers, a skiing clown and an 11-person pyramid. Viewers also see the scenic wonders of the Gardens, including birds, flowers and girls in plantation gowns. Produced by Cypress Gardens.
CYPRESS GARDENS

A SPECIAL DESTINATION

253519
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:33; color; sound; V-109 CA114; S. 828
Description
This film is a well-shot look at Cypress Gardens. It shows canals, bridges, waterfalls, statues and girls in costumes. The film shows that Cypress Gardens is not called the water ski capital of the world for nothing. Twelve skiers take off from a dock at one time, one barefoot skiing backwards. Viewers see the shopping area, a magic show, the spook house, the bird show, the crocodile show and a small zoo. Produced by Cypress Gardens.
-shot look at Cypress Gardens

ELSIE THE COW AT CYPRESS GARDENS

253005
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:40; color; silent; V-51 AA095; S. 828
Description
Borden's Milk mascot Elsie the Cow and her calf Beauregard cruise a canal at Cypress Gardens aboard a pontoon raft. They disembark and pose with two young women wearing straw hats.
at Cypress Gardens aboard a

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS FISHING

253311
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:44; b&w; silent; V-123 AA123; S. 828
Description
In this film, baseball players participate in a fishing tournament staged at Cypress Gardens. Two Cypress Gardens skiers dressed as Red Sox fish from an amphibious car and two ball players get kissed by girls in bathing suits.
at Cypress Gardens. Two Cypress

BOAT RACING, CYPRESS GARDENS

252905
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:22; b&w; silent; V-27 AA018; S. 828
Description
Five fiberglass dinghies with outboard motors race around the lake and canals at Cypress Gardens. One boat runs up on the shoreline by accident. There are no injuries or damage. Then, three small, single-driver hydrofoils race through the same areas and end by driving up on the beach at the finish line.
Cypress Gardens (Winter

BEAUTY QUEEN, CYPRESS GARDENS

252893
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
0:37; color; silent; V-26 AA020; S. 828
Description
A beauty queen in a plantation gown is crowned by a man wearing an army uniform as other belles and servicemen look on. She stands and bumps her head on the top of her throne. She is crowned again in a medium shot and the group walks briefly along a path. There is some reticulation.
Cypress Gardens (Winter

MISS AMERICA HULA HOOPS

253328
Date
13-Feb-59
Collection
Video
Video Details
0:42; b&w; silent; V-123 AA024; S. 828
Description
Miss America sits in the midst of a group of belles dressed in plantation gowns as they hula hoop at Cypress Gardens. A young child hula hoops also. Produced by Russell-Barton Film Co.
as they hula hoop at Cypress Gardens

CYPRESS GARDENS- 25 YEARS

252967
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
16:35; b&w; silent; V-78 CA168; S. 828
Description
This film has a mixture of scenes shot over 25 years (until the early 1960s) at Cypress Gardens. It starts with a short comedy sequence. Then, American Indians dance around a group of ski stars on land and a skier greets a group of American Indians on a beach. Dick Pope drives a golf ball global around the property and goes from shot to shot driving a 1957 Continental pulling a trailer with his golf cart in it. Pope poses with Victor Borge. There is a synchronized swimming sequence, a segment that shows clowns skiing and footage of children jumping rope. Viewers also see the parking lot, ski show shots, hula-hooping Hawaiians, Hawaiians learning to ski, beauty queens and conquistadors parading and posing, a skier and a model in a boat, and Dick Pope playing piano on a raft towed behind a boat as a skier performs to his music. Produced and sponsored by Cypress Gardens.
CYPRESS GARDENS- 25

CYPRESS GARDENS SKI TEACHING SCOOTER

252969
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:57; color; sound; V-13 AA019; S. 828
Description
This film shows a group of 5- to 7-year-old children learning to water ski in a pool shaped like the state of Florida. A three-wheeled motorized cart with a boom arm and ski rope pulls them along in the pool. Then, a youngster and teacher ski on the lake. The film is silent up to this point. Viewers see scenes of tourists, flowers and belles in plantation gowns. Next is a game of outboard water polo, played by four couples in small fiberglass dinghies with a 5-foot diameter beach ball.
CYPRESS GARDENS SKI

MISS AMERICA AT CYPRESS GARDENS

253327
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:38; b&w; sound; V-52 AA070; S. 828
Description
Miss America, Vonda Van Dyke, cavorts on skis for the press at Cypress Gardens. Shots of the attraction's camera boat reveal how the ski scenes were shot. Miss America has a pop-up camper as a mobile changing room. She is seen posing on skis, driving an outboard, on a surfboard in a boat wake, swimming, sailing, with four other women on a water toboggan, with a ventriloquist's dummy and with Dick Pope Jr. and Sr.
for the press at Cypress Gardens

FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS

253034
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:25; color; sound; V-102 BA145; S. 828
Description
This film shows the wildlife that abounds at Silver Springs, skiers at Cypress Gardens, Rainbow Springs, Homosassa Springs and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. This is a chopped-up print that was reassembled. The Homosassa sequence has a model dressed as an "Indian" who feeds the alligators fish and marshmallows.
Cypress Gardens (Winter

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE IN ACTION

253217
Date
early 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:05; b&w; sound; V-111 BA197; S. 828
Description
This film is about spring training in Florida. It shows some great players from the 1960s. There is a brief look at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, followed by footage of Cypress Gardens, the Citrus Tower, Silver Springs and Six-gun Territory.
of Cypress Gardens, the Citrus

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