Curly Boys Club Aka Baldness Treatment -… 1955

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    C/U of a middle aged man smoking a pipe holding a suction pad to his head - this is a contraption it is claimed will cure baldness. It is called the "Trichosan Treatment". He moves the pad around on his head. He is Mr Harry Billenness (Billenes?) - a member of the "Curly Boys Club" who meet several times a week in an attempt to win the battle of the receding hairline.

    Various shots of other men who are using this strange device. One man sits reading a copy of Picture Show magazine and operating the device with a hand pump, others operate the device with a foot pump. C/U of the President of the club Tony Voitechovsky applying lotion to the bald pate of a man who sits beside him. There are "before and after" photographs of balding men on the wall behind them. C/U of an "on - off" switch which operates the pump. Tony switches it on and applies it to the bald man's head. The device is a powerful suction cone. When it is taken off the guys head you can see where it has stretched his scalp up - youch!

    Good C/Us of the suction device being applied and of Tony concentrating on his work. More lotion is applied. Harry looks in a small mirror and the narrator quips: "When a woman looks at herself in a mirror, you can bet she's prompted by vanity, but when one of the Curly Boys peers at himself, well, he's merely making a critical examination of a scientific experiment." C/U of Harry feeling around for extra hair. Another member of the club Jack Grummet (Grummit?) is seen in C/U using a less powerful hand pump to tone up the scalp before relaxing under the rays of an ultra violet lamp. Tony fixes the lamp above his head. He looks through a magnifying glass to check the hair. He caresses Jack's new hair growth! C/U of another club member who is operating the suction cone with a foot pump. Tony's trusty dog ("Shaggy"!) sits beside him. C/U of Harry as in opening shot - still persevering. Narrator (Eamonn / Eamon Andrews) ends with a sarcastic "Keep your hair on!"

    Note: newspaper clipping and letter from Tony Voitechovsky about his techniques in documentation file - fabulous! Check with version on CP 002 - there may be minor differences. See separate explanation record for CP 001: 'International Pictorials'.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1955
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    1168
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    31.21
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:24:00 / 01:54:30:00
    Canister:
    CP 030
    Sort Number:
    CP 030
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  • It is hard to avoid baldness, despite the fact that the scientists are trying hard to find the measures to prevent hair fall. Hopefully, their researches will bring some positive results in the coming days.
    Regards,
    Robert

    RobertH 15th Apr 2013

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