Strong man act by Saxon Brown - various stunts including lying on a bed of nails.
Saxon Brown "the world's strongest young man" is the subject of this story.
C/U of Saxon - naked to the waist - with two sturdy ropes attached to his arms. A L/S reveals that a large horse is attached to each rope. The horses move apart and put strain on the ropes. Saxon grits his teeth and tries to stand firm. A group of people watch his stunt, it takes place in front of some stables. High angle shot of Saxon being pulled by both horses. He is dragged along through a little manure deposit! He lets go of the ropes. "Ever tried lying down on a bed of 1,000 nails? And supporting a 3 1/2 cwt anvil? And being hit with a sledge hammer?" Saxon stands by a small box with nails sticking out of it (I wouldn't call it a "bed of nails" exactly! It is only about A4 size.) C/U of the nails. He lays back on the nails and a piece of wood is placed on top of his body. A blacksmith's anvil is then placed on the wood. A blacksmith or farrier swings a sledge hammer and brings it down repeatedly on the anvil.
Another man - this time in a suit - has a go. The anvil and board are lifted off and Saxon stands up. C/U of his back with nail marks. "If you must be run over by a motor-car, try it this way" says Saxon Brown." Saxon lies on the ground. He has a cushion on his chest, a piece of wood is placed upon this. A car is then driven towards him - the two left hand wheels pass over the wood and thus over Saxon. Saxon throws off the wood and stands up.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 645.
Safety print exists.
Note: spelling of Saxon's name varies - also use Saxson.