This film is part of Free

Epic of Joey

Free the Camberwell One! Joey the monkey makes the most of his 13 day escape bid in 1920s South London

Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent


Over 13 days Joey the monkey made a bid for freedom from his cage in a private Camberwell garden. His literal monkey business made him something of a local celebrity, and newsreel stories such as this one helped spread his fame. Though he was lured back to captivity by a local rat-catcher, his two further escape bids the following year show how poor a choice a monkey is for a pet.