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How to Break 90 #2: Position and Back Swing (1933)

Approved | | Short, Sport | 10 June 1933 (USA)
After being kept awake by a couple of men arguing about golf swings, golf champion Bobby Jones demonstrates the correct and incorrect ways to hit a drive.


(as George E. Marshall)


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Exasperated by his latest round of golf, Guy Kibbee returns home and promptly throws his golf clubs into the raging fire in the fireplace. His wife tries to cheer him up by turning on the television, the program airing being Bobby Jones' series called "How to Break 90", this episode which he discusses the proper position and back swing. To Guy's amazement, the person he uses to demonstrate how not to position oneself since it results in a poor back swing is a golfer he just saw on the course: Guy himself. Among Bobby's tips including relaxing the stance, having the body position to allow free hip movement, and achieving balance between the legs on the swing. Guy believes there may be hope for his golf game yet after Bobby's lesson, but is there any hope for saving his golf clubs? Written by Huggo

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Down the Fairway
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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jbacks3 sums it up very well--read their review as well
8 March 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Rarely do I read a review and wish I'd written it myself, but I sure did here. Jbacks3 summarized this short film on the golf swing wonderfully and there isn't a whole lot to add. I particularly liked their comment that they felt there was no way that veteran character actor, Guy Kibbee, could have married a relatively "hot" lady like Glenda Farrell! Despite this being a not especially interesting film since I hate golf, I decided to watch it for one reason--I love Guy Kibbee. He's one of my favorite old-time character actors. He was usually very funny and seeing him in any film made it just a bit better. Here, while Booby Jones expertly teaches how to drive a golf ball, his delivery is dry as dust--thank goodness for Kibbee's antics to provide a few laughs.

By the way, as jbacks3 also pointed out, get a load of the television that Kibbee has! The device had only just been invented and was still years away from its being demonstrated at the New York World's Fair (1939) and almost two decades before they began appearing in homes in appreciable numbers. At this point, TV was VERY experimental--practically no one owned one and there were almost no broadcasts--just a few trials to either show off or help perfect the device. While the image on the screen is NOT really televised (it was a film and was superimposed on the screen), it still was a neat gimmick in the film, though the screen and quality of the show was light-years better than TVs really were in the late 1940s and well into the 1950s. Early TVs in the post-war years often had screen of only 6-8" or less and the images were poor and "snowy".

This film is an interesting archival piece, but mostly only to history teachers (like me), cinemaniacs (like me) and golf nuts (well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad).

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