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How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 1: 'The Putter' (1931)

Number 1 in the How I Play Golf series, by Bobby Jones.


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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Jones ...
O.B. Keeler ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)


A narrator introduces this series of golf lessons featuring recent Grand Slam winner, Bobby Jones. The goal is to help players improve and to introduce the game to those who've never played. Bobby's on the course hitting practice shots when Dick Bartelmess invites him to watch two men on the 18th green who compete with each other every day. After Frank Craven misses a short putt to lose a bet with Joe E. Brown, Jones offers Craven a putting lesson. Bobby illustrates his grip, stance, back swing, and stroke. Craven takes a few practice putts and then calls Brown back for double or nothing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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April 1931 (USA)  »

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The Putter  »

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1.37 : 1
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Entertaining but the sound is terrible
24 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers trots out two of their stars of the day - Joe E. Brown and Richard Barthelmess - to costar in an amusing little short showing famous golfer Bobby Jones teaching Frank Craven how to improve his putting after Craven is beaten by Brown at golf.

This little short would be very entertaining if it were not for the sound cutting in and out. The reason for this is that at this late date of 1931 this short was made using the sound on disc system which had been discarded by just about everybody in favor of sound on film the year before. Worse than that, Vitaphone is being used outside. The reason so many early talking films were so stage bound and shot indoors is that Vitaphone could be so testy in any environment other than indoors static shots.

That is also why you'll see no panning in this film. It consists of one static shot after another, probably involving multiple camera booths. If you know the history of the technology and recognize the stars or Bobby Jones, this will be interesting to you. Otherwise, you might not find it that engaging.

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