Wrestling Parson 1963

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    Moulton Chapel, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

    Great wrestling story.

    Two men wrestle in the open air. Narrator pretends to be shocked "whatever would the vicar say?" he asks. Just then the vicar turns up on his horse and shows the wrestlers where they are going wrong. Vicar Reginald Thompson is 59 years old but this doesn't stop him from "giving a show of muscular Christianity" quips the narrator. Great stuff of the vicar wrestling with great sound effects of groans and flesh hitting the floor. Wrestlers are Jack Taylor and Lazlo Bajko.

    People grouped around enjoy the spectacle. The Vicar's favourite hymn is "Fight the Good Fight" of course. He leads his horse to the pub where he is given two pints of beer, one of which he gives to his horse Flossie. The horse drinks the beer.

    The vicar is seen refereeing a wrestling match in a Leicester wrestling venue. Lots of great shots of bloodthirsty middle aged women getting into the violence. Various shots of the match which is between Raymond Clayton of Accrington and Ken "Killer" Davies of Cardiff. The vicar takes off his "dog collar" for the second round. "It's a vicar's duty to mingle with sinners and try to turn them from their wicked ways" says the narrator. Funny stuff in the ring and more screaming women.

    Note: nice letter from Rev. Thompson on file. As usual with wrestling items the Pathe sound man has excelled himself with funny sound effects. Great bit in the cameraman's notes about the wrestling bout in Leicester. Apparently "Killer" Ken Davies of Cardiff was disqualified for an unprovoked attack on the ref - "in this case the vicar"!

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1963
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    3370
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    245.07
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:03:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:28:00 / 01:36:10:00
    Canister:
    CP 460
    Sort Number:
    CP 460
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  • fantastic, like something from Reeves and Mortimer

    fraserandy 9th Oct 2012

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