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  • Short Summary

    Soldiers participate in sports with mules as entertainment for an audience.

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    Reading, Berkshire.

    Military Sports at Reading. Soldiers participate in silly sports as entertainment for an audience. Opens with quick shots of unknown sport: jousting in wheelbarrows?! Man wearing only shorts and a medallion on a chain; covered with tattoos; sits in a wheelbarrow holding a long pole; while another man; in overalls stands behind holding handles. Behind them; 2 men in regular clothes; man in jodhpurs & braces; man in shorts & striped shirt. Crowd in BG; fairgrounds type atmosphere. The tattoo man and the overalls man change places and they start off. We never find out what it was about; as it cuts to a funny slapstick comedy contest with the goal of trying to get a stubborn mule through narrow space between sections of fence. Man rides mule toward this gate as crowd watch; the mule goes around instead of through. Cut to shot of 3 men trying with 3 mules; leading instead of riding. Closer shot of same man in shorts & stripes and man in a uniform both pulling on mules.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:49:00 / 01:35:37:00
    ON 012 N aka G 0340 A

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