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Bobby Jones: The Complete Warner Bros. Shorts Collection

All 18 of Bobby Jones classic golf instructional, guest-starring a who’s who of the golden age of Hollywood.



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    5.0

    Entertaining while learning to play golf

    By Tim

    from Rockford, IL

    About Me Audiophile, Avid Reader, Collector

    Pros

    • Classic
    • Engaging
    • Entertaining

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      • Education
      • Entertainment

      Comments about Bobby Jones: The Complete Warner Bros. Shorts Collection:

      I like to utilize the tape to improve my game by watching and reviewing new golf pointers demonstrated on the tape. For a tape that is this 50+ years old, I am finding several ponts I want to try on my game this summer. The format allows me to go over the instruction as often as required.

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      5.0

      Bobby Jones's Timeless Tips From 1930s

      By Bruce

      from Northern New Jersey

      About Me Audiophile, Collector, Movie Buff

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      • Classic
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        Comments about Bobby Jones: The Complete Warner Bros. Shorts Collection:

        I purchased this mainly for the W C Fields Hip Action Short in the How to Break 90 series as I already had the earlier 12 short series. These short films are not only entertaining with many celebrities of the day, they are also very educational. Bobby's golf instruction is as pertinent today as it was 80 years ago! I wonder with modern clubs how Bobby would match up with the PGA stars of today?

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        5.0

        An overlooked gem of a series

        By JLewis

        from Sanford, FL

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        Pros

        • Action-packed
        • Entertaining
        • Star Power

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          Comments about Bobby Jones: The Complete Warner Bros. Shorts Collection:

          I have zero interest in this sport and have probably not handled a club since I was a kid. Therefore, I'll let the experts determine how well this educational series relates to today's fan; the only things that look "dated" to me are the ties and knickers everybody wears. Picture (black and white of course) and sound quality is still pretty good overall despite their age, so you have no trouble understanding the demonstrations given. What director George Marshall set out to do was provide enough "sugar coated" teaching so that everybody in a movie theater would leave feeling both entertained and enlightened, regardless how many actually would hightail to a golf course later. Also each of these shorts had marquee value with many celebrities from Richard Barthelmess to James Cagney taking part… sometimes receiving a lesson from Bobby Jones the expert and sometimes just watching and commenting.

          The first series "How I Play Golf" was filmed in April-June 1931 and distributed to theaters as summertime shorts shown before the main features… along with your latest Looney Tune with all-smiling Bosko, Wynant Hubbard's latest battle with the lions in darkest Africa and any new Vitaphone musical and comedy "variety". Each episode focuses either on a different club used or spotlighted an aspect to the game that Jones felt was vitally important. Episode #12 A ROUND OF GOLF recaps the preceding lessons for those who didn't always "come back for the next installment". A second series "How To Break 90" only ran six shorts (shot April-May 1933) and focus more on The Body (i.e. the grip of your hands and your hip motions). These feature very stylish slow-motion scenes set against a black backdrop with all-white sleeves highlighting each arm and leg. (Not included in this set is a compilation 2-reeler of old footage released as ACE OF CLUBS in January 1951.)

          Many sports stars of the twenties and thirties often came off stiff and "un-cinematic" when they made their movie appearances, but Bobby Jones knows he is not an actor, just a "Southern Gentleman" fan of a sport he has practiced very hard at. He is also male version of a "mother hen" always catering to his students' needs and making everybody feel well cared for… one wonders if he also provided bag lunches as well. When he sees W.C. Fields moping on the green (in HIP ACTION), he asks "Bill, what's the matter?" Bill is stuck to juggling balls rather than hitting them because he has more practice doing that. Bobby gently asks him to use that same mind-set with the golf club… then he won't feel so frustrated.

          In the wonderful POSITION AND BACKSWING, Guy Kibbee literally has tears streaming down his face as he stuffs all of his clubs into a fire-place… that is, until understanding Glenda Farrell turns on their 1933 TV set (resembling a Samsung!) and our on-screen teacher gives Guy a "don't fret, we'll work this out together" lesson. In THE BRASSIE, Loretta Young and Allen Lane are eager to get married, so all-sympathetic and all-heart Jones works on her stuffy dad Claude Gillingwater with a round of golf and even convinces him of a happy future with a future son-in-law because he also plays golf! Let's hope Loretta doesn't become a "golf widow" in the process. Of course, there are few actual "golf widows" here since at least two gals seen in these are better at the game than the guys, even if Louie Fazenda isn't one of them in PRACTICE SHOTS.

          Joe E. Brown is a cocky know-it-all in three of these, but "Robert" never puts him in his place; he just gently lectures Joe on what he does wrong without any sharp criticism. The best short (in my opinion) is TROUBLE SHOTS with Joe making a bet with Edward G. Robinson that he can put the golf guru in such a difficult spot (in front of a tree or in a muddy stream) so he can't possibly succeed. Yet succeed Jones does, but not as a super-athlete but as a teacher explaining everything he is doing on screen… step by step. This particular title deserves to be recognized (National Film Registry or somewhere) as a classic example of a first rate documentary short, both educating and entertaining at the same time.

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