The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

English Tennis Stars
English Tennis Stars

English Tennis Stars 1927


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


English Tennis Stars 1927

1 mins United Kingdom

It's 1927 and British tennis players Betty Nuthall, Kitty Godfree, Ermyntrude Harvey and Joan Fry are in the finals of the American Championships (now the US Open) at Forest Hills, New York. The four are all smiles for the Topical Budget newsreel cameras in this charming item, which also features scenes of the packed stands watching play.

In the singles final, teenager Betty Nuthall (wearing the headband), one of the youngest finalists at the time, lost in straight sets to America’s Helen Wills. The doubles final was all British - Godfree and Harvey (in lighter headbands) beat Nuthall and Fry (in dark headbands) two sets to one.




Wightman Cup Moody, Helen (1906-1998)


Tennis on Film




United Kingdom



Read lessRead more


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later