• Short Summary

    Eartha Kitt limbers up and exercises under the supervision of coach Al Murray.

  • Description

    M/S of Eartha Kitt with her back to us, taking off her jumper; she is wearing a black leotard with a white sash and black seamed tights. She starts to do some leg stretches, still with her back to us and holding onto a barbell.

    M/S from the side as we see her face now - looking very feline - meow! She does various stretches and ballet limbering up exercises. She walks across the room where various other pieces of gym equipment stand and, with the help of a man in a blue boiler suit with 'Great Britain' written across the front, she gets onto an exercise bike and starts to pedal very fast.

    High angle M/S as she gets off the bike and collapses onto a mat on the floor. As she lies on her back the man in the boiler suit (who we now learn is Al Murray, coach to the British weightlifting team at the last Olympics) lowers a barbell down to her. She lifts the weights by moving her arms backwards and forwards over her head.

    Al adds some weights to a shoulder exercise machine; Eartha stands on a small platform with a metal bar over her shoulder and lifts up to stand on her toes - somehow this is exercising her calf muscles! She next lies down on a bench lifted at an angle with her feet hooked under a strap at the upper end and stretches out, then starts to do some sit ups.

    Commentator says "We've actually kaleidoscoped a two hour training session into two minutes but it does at least give you an idea. Most of us would have been just about ready to collapse, but to Eartha Kitt it was just a 'warm-up' before the real business of the evening."

    Note: On file are press releases from the Talk of the Town, where Eartha was appearing at the time; interesting list of 'some of the important people who have come to see Eartha during her first month at The Talk of the Town'. Cuts exist - see other record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    02:00:06:00 / 02:02:17:00
    CP 309

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