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The Lincolnshire Poacher

About the film

A rendition of the traditional English folksong 'The Lincolnshire Poacher', accompanied by animated drawings.


Release year
Production company
Larkins Studio, G.B. Instructional
Hubert Clifford
Running time (minutes)
03 mins 04 secs
Drawings by
Larkins Studio
Music Sung by
Dale Smith, male voice quartet

Original Description

‘Two* song films in cartoon form. These films have been made as an experiment, in response to requests for films of a lighter nature.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946-47)
*Refers also to a companion piece, Widdicombe Fair.


  • Two bars from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ are famously associated with their use as an interval signal on a mysterious radio numbers station, believed to have been operated by the British Secret Service from the 1970s until 2008.
  • The Lincolnshire Poacher was made in 1947, but was withdrawn from distribution no later than 1950 - suggesting that the experimental piece was deemed a failure, and that this film may never have actually been distributed abroad.