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    "Arranged by W.J. Howcroft and demonstrated by Miss Kathleen Huxley." Introductory intertitle reads: "Probably the original Eve watched a dog and tried to paddle likewise." High angle shot of a woman in a black swimming cap doing doggie paddle in a pool. "Ages passed and the dog paddle gradually evolved into a breast stroke." We then see the breast stroke demonstrated. "The search for speed brought the side stroke." Camera follows Kathleen as she demonstrates the side stroke.

    "Later, the trudgeon superseded the side stroke." Strange sort of front crawl with a different leg kick is demonstrated. "Further progress occurred when the crawl stroke was discovered. The legs are kept close together, with an up-and-down "thrash", thus lessening resistance to forward movement." Camera follows Kathleen as she crosses the pool doing the front crawl.

    "The crawl developed and speed became still greater." She swims across the pool. Various shots of her swimming. "In the same way the double-arm backstroke has developed..." This stroke is demonstrated. "...into the back-crawl. Here the legs work up and down, and do not impede, while the arms are actuated alternately." The back crawl is demonstrated.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 614.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:39:00 / 01:52:04:00
    EP 257
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    EP 257
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    Sport & Leisure Historical Figures & Celebrities
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