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How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie' (1931)

Loretta Young and Alan Lane plan an elopement. They use Bobby Jones to divert the attention of Claude Gillingwater, who plays Young's father, from their escape.


George Marshall




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Bobby Jones ... Bobby Jones


With the help of the police, Mr. Gillingwater is trying to stop his daughter Loretta from running off and eloping with her beau, Allan. But an errant golf ball going through his car's windshield makes Mr. Gillingwater deal with the source of that golf ball first. When he learns that the ball was shot by golf legend Bobby Jones who was trying to find out what was wrong with his brassie, Mr. Gillingwater would rather have an impromptu lesson on playing with the brassie than to chastise Bobby for the errant ball. Bobby shows him the finer points of gripping the club, and proper foot placement to allow for freedom in the hip movement while driving. What Mr. Gillingwater doesn't know is that Bobby, who is a friend of Allan's, has ulterior motives in providing the lesson. Written by Huggo

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Short | Sport







Release Date:

1 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brassie See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.20 : 1
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The officers were actual Pasadena motor cops. The officer who talks to Bobby is an Officer Greffoz who landed the part while asking a question about his hook while watching the filming on the sidelines. See more »

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Loretta Young Running Off the Course
17 October 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie' (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Warner made several shorts with Bobby Jones explaining how to play golf like a pro and many of them would feature stories added just so the film could get some famous faces to show up. The story here has Loretta Young and Allan Lane running off to get married when her father puts a stop to it. Then, on a golf course they see Jones and the father begins asking questions, which allows Young and Lane to run off. From this point on its just Jones explaining the best way to hold the club to get the best results. All of these Jones' shorts are quite mixed as you never really know what you're going to get from the star. I've seen some of the shorts where he appears overly nervous and I've seen others where he seems like a pro in front of the camera. This one here has him appearing quite calm and especially in the scenes where he's meeting Young and Allan. As a big Loretta Young fan I'm willing to watch her in anything but I wish I could report that she was better used here. Fans will just have to be happy with the two-minutes that she's here and the fact that the screenplay doesn't really ask for too much from her. I think her fans will still want to check this out but the majority of those really interested are going to be those wanting to see Jones in action and perhaps pick up a few tips from the master.

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