Documentary about Wimbledon Tennis Championship - with behind the scenes footage
Continued. c. 1954
Net being tightened on tennis court at Wimbledon. Crowds look on. Umpire's chair moved into position. Officials sit down. Man measures the height of the net. Quick sequence - man and woman walking in thoroughfare, players washing in dressing room, people walking towards courts, player in dressing room, people taking their seats. A large group of school girls in uniform take their places in the crowd. Crowd in the stands. Ballboy takes position. Duchess of Kent arrives at main entrance and gets out of car. Player looks at watch in dressing room. He holds a tennis racket. C/U wristwatch. Player fidgets in dressing room. Crowd shot. Two players come out of "Gentleman's Dressing Room", the camera follows their feet. They climb the stairs and walk out through swing door. The camera focuses on sign above the door: "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same." (A quote from Kipling).
Two players walk out onto main court carrying tennis rackets and towels. They walk towards a line of photographers. The crowd applaud. The players move into position. The umpire moves into his seat. One player bounces a tennis ball in preparation of play. Quick sequence of crowd shots. Some wear folded up newspapers as hats. SOF The umpire calls out play. The camera moves quickly to watch the player serve. Aerial shot of Wimbledon.
The End superimposed over aerial shot.
Note: Great documentary about Wimbledon. Features the All England Club through an entire year as one Championship finishes and preparations begin for the next one. Lots of nice behind the scenes shots of Wimbledon. May have been two reels at some stage. Paperwork includes shotlist and commentary.