Extracts from "Battling Butler" starring Jack Buchanan, Fred Groves and Sydney Fairbrother.
Scenes from the play "Battling Butler" at the New Oxford Theatre in London.
Jack Buchanan plays a gentleman who assumes the persona of a Butler so that he can "train" as a boxer. An elaborately dressed woman walks down some stairs in a stage set after an intertitle states "Some "training" reasons - ". There are footmen either side of the stairs. Another woman comes down the stairs, she smiles at the camera. Another woman comes out looking furtive, then there is a whole succession of women. The suggestion is that the gentleman is a ladies man. C/U of a man's legs and feet. He is wearing "boxer shorts" and has his hands bound as if about to put boxing gloves on. He does a kind of tap dance. Shot of the "boxer" dancing with chorus girls behind him. His wife is played by Sydney Fairbrother. In front of a backdrop of a Tudor style building he boxes with a mannequin on a rounded base that cannot fall over. A comedy routine ensues involving training exercises, lifting weights etc. Then he meets the real Battling Butler - played by Fred Groves. They have a fight.
Was item in Pathe Pictorial issue 251.