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The Figurehead

Directors: John Halas, Joy Batchelor

Music: Matyas Seiber

Genre: Short

Year: 1953

Running time: 9 minutes

Territory: International

Studio: Halas & Batchelor

Cast: Robert Beatty

A poem of unrequited love: the studio’s first puppet production. Based on a poem by Cosbie Garstin, the film tells the story of a carved wooden saint who is painted to look like a soldier and used as a figurehead on a sailing ship. The ship sinks and the figurehead is saved by a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with him. Her love is not returned because despite his dashing looks he has the wooden heart of a saint.


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