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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Year: 1964
Language: English
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 35 min
Director: Derek Lamb
Producer: Tom Daly, Colin Low
Writer: Derek Lamb
Cinematographer: Jim Wilson, Murray Fallen
Animation: Kaj Pindal
Music: Alan Mills, Burl Ives
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Derek Lamb’s first film as a director, was a major success and proved to be the breakthrough that would lead to his illustrious career as a professor and producer of animation. The film, which features garishly coloured figures in classic cel animation style, is adapted from a nonsense song written by Canadian folk singer Alan Mills and performed by Burl Ives. Of course, by the time the song ends the old lady has swallowed much more than a fly.