A series of humorous sketches and semi-abstract drawings are used to interpret three American ballads - “Acres of Clams”, “Old Dan Tucker” and “John Henry”. The artist, Alfred Kousel, has provided innumerable still sketches which combine colour, a feeling of strength and a variety of emotional effects in harmony with the moods and rhythms of the ballads. The ballads are sung by Cisco Houston.
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16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)
16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)