U.S. Navy and Marine Corps compete in football game at infield of racecourse in Tsingtao, China
Tsingtao China Date:1946 Duration:5 min 49 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Scene is football field, set up in the in field of the city racecourse at Tsingtao (Qingdao) China, in 1946. The unusual thing is there are no goal posts. U.S. Marine and Navy spectators stand around the field, and some occupy a small viewing stand. Various multistory buildings are seen in the far background, as the camera pans about,following the play on the field. Players wear football uniforms, and leather helmets. One team (probably Marines) wears Khaki jerseys and the other (probably Navy) wears white. As the film begins, one Khaki team player is being helped as he walks off the field, while others attend to a player lying on the ground. Play resumes with a play in the Khaki end zone, followed by a Khaki kickoff to white, who return the ball. Camera stops there and switches to another Khaki kickoff. White seems unable to overcome Khaki defense on the ground and resorts to a long pass that is intercepted by Khaki. The rest of the film shows glimpses of plays on the field. A White team player is seen on the ground attended by sailors. Play resumes again, with Navy punting. As the game ends, players of both teams walk off the field and are greeted by Marine and Navy spectators respectively. Camera shows view of the much larger racecourse area that encompassed the playing field. U.S. military trucks begin driving over the field. Scene shifts to view from a grandstand at far end of the racecourse, near buildings in downtown Tsingtao. Marines and sailors are leaving the field. Camera pans over the large racecourse infield where marines and sailors are cleaning up the playing field. Change of scene shows U.S. Army Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer, Navy Admiral Charles M. Cooke, and a Rear Admiral, sitting with Madame Chiang Kai-shek. She is examining an American football, as the Rear Admiral explains it to her. Scene shifts to more shots of the football game including several fumbles. It ends with Khaki team huddle.
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