Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films! Support us on Patreon: Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. This film from the Van Beuren Corporation was part of a series called the "Grantland Rice Sportlights", named after commentator Grantland Rice. Rice began his career as a sports writer for the New York Tribune, and eventually contributed to films such as this one. Van Beuren Studios (:07) was a New York based studio which provided live action shorts for Paramount from the 1920’s to 1936. The film begins with the Moore-McCormack cargo / passenger ship SS Honolulu on a voyage to Hawaii (:16). (The ship was scrapped in 1934 so this footage predates that year.) Guests on the ship deck are seen walking across as a music band leads them (:26). The crowd is seen gathering around the band (:44). Ring tennis is played by passengers (1:16) as a ring is tossed back and forth over the net between teams of two. Target practice is shown with two men with rifles aim and fire at clay pigeons (1:43). Humorous footage follows of guests conducting relay races with players racing on kiddie bikes as spectators line the deck (2:18). Three women then race back and forth gathering potatoes for another relay race (2:41). A baby bottle contest shows pairs of women feeding men from baby bottles (3:26). The men are blindfolded for the contest (4:09). The film turns to Greenwich, Connecticut to catch speed boats (4:19). Speed boats are seen zooming across waters (4:32). Spectators watch the race as the boats bounce off the water’s waves (5:01). In Larchmont, New York, Regatta Day is shown at a yacht club (5:26). Sail boats are seen moving through the water (5:53). In Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, outrigger canoes are seen riding alongside surfers (6:18). A long line of surfers riding waves follows (6:29). A small passenger plane (6:57) provides tourists with aerial views of roads and bridges connecting islands over waterways (7:20). As the plane touches down, along its side reads “Tri-Motored Air Tours” (7:56). The film begins to conclude as the passengers unload from the plane (8:12). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit
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