Buccaneer Conquest

252919
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the Gasparilla Celebration, which began in 1904, as it was done in the 1950s. The pirates invade and a wonderfully colorful event follows. Businessmen are made up as pirates and lose all inhibitions as they participate in the parades and pageants. Emmett Kelly, as Weary Willie, appears in the film and an amphibious tank escorts the ship into the harbor. A high-wire artist walks between the ship's masts. This was filmed in Kodachrome.
Video Details
27:00; color; sound; V-98 DA058; S. 828
Kelly, Emmett, 1898-1979

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
Kelly, Emmett, 1898-1979

MADEIRA BEACH GAY NINETIES CELEBRATION

253305
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:05; b&w; silent; V-79 BA109; S. 828
Description
This film starts with a small boat sailing, then a parade including Emmett Kelly in costume as Weary Willie. This is a civic celebration with a Gay Nineties theme. There are scenes of two girls with balloons eating candy apples and cotton candy while enjoying midway rides and the parade.
Kelly, Emmett, 1898-1979

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