Biopic about the great cricketer Jack Hobbs. c. 1926
Several Pathe Super Gazette stories spliced together. (i) "Nottingham - The First Test". Cricketers practice their strokes at the nets. Hobbs and Sutcliffe open the innings to the bowling of Gregory and Macartney. Shots of the match in progress. Rain stops play. Pitch inspectors. Crowds in the rain. (ii) "London - The 2nd Test Match at Lords". Many cricket enthusiasts queuing to get into the match. Very long queue. Several policemen around. Collins wins the toss. England team takes the field. Shots of the match and the spectators. Slow motion footage of bowling and batting technique. Shot of crowd - surprising amount of men wearing knotted handkerchiefs on their heads! Jack Gregory (Bowled) (Harold?) Larwood. C/U of Warren Bardsley. (iii) "Second Test Match at Lords... (Continued)". Shot of the scoreboard then team walking onto pitch. Match in progress. Hobbs & Sutcliffe open for England. Techniques shown in slow motion. England team shown sitting down - pan across the players. (iv) "Leeds - The 3rd Test Match". Carr, Bardsley, Macartney and Woodfull mentioned in inter title. Team come out on to pitch. Lots of photographers. Crowd sit down (large number of people actually sitting on the ground). Match in progress. (v) "Manchester - Just like Nottingham!". Rain washes out first days play. (Mention in inter title of rain "as it only can rain in Manchester"). (vi) "The Oval - The Ashes are Ours!". Collins, Woolley, Rhodes, Gregory, Sutcliffe and Tate are featured. Richardson bowls Rhodes. There is a pitch invasion. The crowd go wild. C/U of Percy (?) Chapman in a fancy graphic frame. C/U of Rhodes.
(Original film has orange tint - transferred to tape as black and white.)
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