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  • Short Summary

    Lengthy item showing tennis player Rene Lacoste and the ball-serving machine he invented.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'The Tennis Machine - A new angle on Rene Lacoste the world-famous Tennis Star. Mr Lacoste, the human machine, wears so many partners out that he's had to invent another machine to test his powers...'.

    Location of events unknown - France?

    Tennis star Lacoste demonstrates his new invention; a machine that throws tennis balls for him to hit. MS Lacoste loading balls into the magazine. Turning crank which makes wheel rotate. CU his hand turning crank.

    Then a young woman turns the crank while; on the other end of the tennis court; Lacoste hits the balls. CU woman grinning while operating machine. Next we see the ball machine and Lacoste in action; in slow motion. CU machine in operation; slo-mo; shows how it works. More slo-mo shots. MS Lacoste; side view in slow-mo returning volleys. Next; machine hitting lobs (shots going high in air). Throughout all this the girl is grinning vacantly at the camera.

    Intertitle refers to the recent match where Lacoste beat Tilden.

    MS Lacoste & middle-aged man in suit; perhaps an executive from Dunlop; the sports gear company marketing the machine. The guy holds box of Dunlop tennis balls; loads them into magazine.

    End titles: 'Pathe - The End.'

    Sports; personalities; equipment; practice; training.

    Note: this is a Pathe Pictorial item, although it is rather lengthy.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:37:00 / 01:08:03:00
    ON 380 E

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