• Short Summary

    Policemen in training are stretched on a special machine to reach the required height.

  • 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.)

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

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......


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