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  • Short Summary

    Man rejected by army takes a PT course at YMCA and is then accepted as a new recruit.

  • Description

    Where There's A Will There's A Way - Officer: 'Sorry my lad - chest too small, try the YMCA course'.


    Short film about a would-be soldier who's too puny - like a Charles Atlas advertisement; but for the YMCA.

    Man in civilian clothing walks up to doorway of London Fusiliers HQ; where 3 soldiers stand; speaks to one of the men; who shows him out - he's just tried to sign up. Next shot a sign for rejected men to take free physical training at the YMCA; same man walks up & looks; enters.

    CU man standing opposite instructor; w/ hands clasped behind head; stands leaning back - then bending forward - like vertical sit-ups.

    At last; he stands at officers desk - officer points to own chest - like 'what about your chest size?'. The man hands him a card - apparently from the Y; saying he's finished a training course. Officer seems satisfied and is chatting away; as our little story is cut off.

    Comedy. Exercises; body building. World War One.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:00:59:00
    ON 172 K

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