Winky is the Long and Short of It (1915)

This page is part of a project to index the films produced by Bamforth and Co. Ltd of Holmfirth.


  • also known as: Winky, the Long and the Short of It
  • length: 612 feet[1]
  • released: 29 April 1915
  • director: Cecil Birch



Winky swindles two showmen by posing as a dwarf and a giant.


The Bioscope (18/Mar/1915):

Winky, the Long and the Short of It. — In this film, an amusing sample of the confidence trick variety, Winky endeavours to persuade a showman by a ruse, that he is a particularly desirable dwarf. An accident (to the showman’s cash) prevents an engagement. The second attempt, that of being (with the aid of a confederate) a giant, ends in an ignominious collapse for the schemers. (April 29th. 612 ft.)

Kinematograph Weekly (25/Mar/1915):

Winky is the Long and Short of It (C). — (Bamforth). — The advertisements of some showmen give Winky an idea of replenishing his coffers. For the first showman's benefit he becomes a dwarf, and would have secured an engagement had he not first abstracted the money that would have paid the necessary deposit. For another showman’s benefit he becomes a giant, and would have again secured an engagement had not the lower regions of the giant collapsed. Released April 29th, length 612 ft.


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Research Notes

"Winky is the Long and Short of It" (rather than "Winky, the Long and Short of It") is the title shown in trade adverts by the Yorkshire Cine Company.

Notes and References

  1. Sourced from The Bioscope.
  2. The BFI Database also contains another entry for this film: