Star Item
  • Description

    (Pathetone main titles.)

    Titles read: "Stretching things too far! An Australian Police training Cameo - ".

    Sydney, Australia.

    M/Ss of policemen in training at the Langridge School of Physical Culture, riding on bicycle machines and climbing up ropes. We then see a man who is just below the required height for being a policeman. He lies down on a bench, has a kind of chin strap attached to his head and his feet strapped onto the bench. The operator then turns a handle at the end of the contraption to move the lower end of the bench away from the upper, stretching the man as it does so! The man is apparently 2 inches taller after this treatment.

    A much smaller man comes in for the same treatment; he is 5' 3". While turning the wheel on the machine, the operator is distracted by a friend who comes in to chat. When he finally realised he has been stretching the man for quite some time, the man has grown about 2 foot! (Obviously replaced by a taller man while we weren't looking.)

  • Tags

  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:10:00 / 01:02:17:00
    PT 148
    Sort Number:
    PT 148
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Entertainment & Humour Trade & Industry
    QUIRKY FILMS Ygeias Project
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The Langridge School of Physical Culture featured here was located at 380 George Street, Sydney.

    Here's an original photo of it from the outside......

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment