• Short Summary

    Quirky golf story including a man playing golf wearing a suit of armour.

  • Description

    Introductory intertitle reads: "Lots of ways of handicapping your opponent are suggested by this film of George Ashdown, England's Golfing "William Tell" and Miss Elvira Henderson, the star of "Below the Surface." All you need is a nice, juicy lemon 'tee'."

    George and Elvira stand together on a golf course. It looks like rather a cold wintery day. Elvira places a golf ball on the ground using a lemon as a tee. She tells George that if he misses the shot he will have to eat the lemon. He takes a shot and hits it fine. Another view of George about to take a shot. C/U of the golf ball balancing on the lemon. L/S of George taking the shot. This time he hits the lemon by mistake. Elvira laughs. She hands him a lemon then we see him taking a bite in C/U. He makes a face and Elvira laughs at him.

    "For variety, make your opponent drive off his watch - " George places his pocket watch on the grass, puts a little piece of earth on top of it then places the golf ball on top. M/S of him taking a shot - the watch remains unscathed.

    "They always call golf a Royal and Ancient Game... so try it in very appropriate garb! That's handicap enough for anyone!" Funny shots of a man dressed in a suit of armour attempting to play golf. L/S of the suit of armour man taking a shot with several men watching his technique. The ball goes in the hole and the crowd applaud. We see him struggling uphill in his armour, he waves at the camera. When he gets to the top of the hill, he is winched up onto the back of a lorry - quite funny! High angle shot of lorry travelling along a country road with the armour man dangling from the winch at the back.

    Note: most of the soundtrack for this item has been lost. I don't know who George Ashdown and Elvira Henderson were - presumably an actor and actress?

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:28:00 / 01:09:52:00
    PSP 728

Comments (1)

  1. faringdon says

    Elvira Henderson, niece of Alexander Henderson, 1st Lord Farringdon. Took London by storm as Betty Blunders in 'Where the Rainbow Ends' at Garrick when she was 10 yrs old. Then in Midsummer Nights Dream at Savoy. Trained at Italia Conti school. Was one of the most charming flappers at 16 yrs. Went on up the hill of success on stage, under Noel Coward, understudy of Gertrude Lawrence, went to USA with Jack Buchanan to show Charlot's ''London Revue of 1924' to America, returned to UK to appear in many more stage performances. Her portrait can be seen on line. She was my mother. Married John Humphreys who was also on stage in London and various parts of the country.

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