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The Hobby Horse Man
Description

When this film was made Mickey Marley had been entertaining children for nearly 30 years. His roundabout is now housed in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Shot List

Children playing on merry-go-round. Mickey Marley demanding money from them. Brendan the accordian player. Belfast street scenes. Terraced houses. Mickey Marley and his horse drawn roundabout travelling on road. Saracen, army vans. Mothers talking about the hobby horse man. Child giving water to horse. View of a merry-go-round in a fun fair. 06:51 Three birthday girls, wearing communion dresses on the ride. 07:55 Army van, barbed wire, Mickey emerges from behind. 08:58 Women going on roundabout, singing 'Happy Days are Here Again' and 'Pack up your Troubles' 10:20 Mickey passing a demolished building. Close up views of broken public clocks, including the Belfast Telegraph. Mickey's original horse seats were destroyed in 1969, close-ups of broken remains of the horses leaning against a brick wall. 11:59 Rain. Mickey can't work. Mickey standing in a doorway. Interior house. Mickey talking. Close up of content of room. 14:23 Mickey playing keyboard. 14:55 Mickey going down alley way to where the roundabout and his horse are kept. Chickens. Saddling up horse. 16:57 Mickey crossing bridge. Lagan River. 18:25 Two army vans turning into terraced street. Mickey is behind surrounded by children. 19:25 Childrens accordian band playing in a terraced street. 21:05 Brendan playing accordian with four girls Irish dancing. 21:52 Girl standing in doorway singing 'Que sera sera'. Song over children on roundabout, Mickey leading horse and roundabout over a derelict area with terraced houses behind.

Year

1973

Location

Belfast

Rights Holder

BBC NI

Courtesy of

BBC NI

Credits

Narrator - Norman Rodway; Script - Maurice Leitch; Camera -Rex Maidment; Sound - Frank Gray; Film Editor - Bill Miskelly; Executive Producer - Jennifer Jeremy; Director - Robin Wylie

Source

BBC NI

Format

film, colour, sound

Silent

No

Length

23min38sec

Notes

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