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    No titles. Miss Betty Siddons doing exercises.

    Probably filmed in Pathe Studio, London.

    An attractive young woman, Betty Siddons, lies in bed on set dressed to look like a bedroom. She gets out of bed (great 20s pyjamas) and puts on a dressing gown or kimono. She stretches them walks out of shot.

    She walks back into shot, wearing a vest and shorts (with high heels) beneath her dressing gown. She says "Now for the daily dozen" and takes off the gown. She holds onto the back of a chair and does some knee bends / squats and kicks out to the side. She then turns to us and says "Now between ourselves, don't you sometimes feel a bit stiff when you bend? Just there?". She shows us an exercise - standing with the legs apart she bends down to put her head between her knees! She says we must keep our knees straight and does it again in profile.

    Then a 'swinging' exercise with the arms - looks like one of those 'I must increase my bust' routines. Then Betty lies on the ground and does a kind of sit up (rather fast!), then legs apart for a bend forward. She says "No shirking!", points to her head and then to the floor. She does another bend so that her head touches the ground. She then pulls her legs up to her chest and looks at the camera.

    What a brilliant story - like an Eve Pic with sound!

    Note: item is out of synch throughout due to early sound recording.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1929 - 1931
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:40:00 / 01:40:40:00
    PSM 4 A
    Sort Number:
    PSM 04 A
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
    Great British Workout FRY - health
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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