Great film of Danny Kaye, Flanagan and Allen in action at Royal Command Performance.
Comedian / film star / singer Danny Kaye in action at Royal Command Performance 1948 - London Palladium. Unedited footage / cuts / rushes / out takes.
High angle shot of Danny talking to the audience from the stage, in front of microphone stand. He impersonates a child talking about a visit to the zoo. He gets the audience to sing a note then walks over the piano in the orchestra pit to the front of the stalls and asks them to sing louder. Back to the mic, he starts to sing 'Minnie The Moocher'. Excellent footage of Danny in action, complete with all his elaborate gesticulations! The audience join in with the lengthy call and follow sections. Cut to end of song.
Cut to Danny on stage with curtain behind. He tells audience he is going to do a song by Bud Flanagan (audience applauds). He brings Sammy Grey (Craig? his pianist?) out from behind the curtain; he walks down to the pit. Danny introduces his wife, sitting in the audience (we don't see her - presumably gets up and takes a bow) - lots of applause. Danny starts to sing 'Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner'. Cut to later in the song. Danny does a little soft shoe shuffle. He talks of a song that is sweeping America - he introduces Henry Hall, conducting the orchestra; pan over to Hall acknowledging applause. Danny then starts to sing 'Underneath The Arches' - cut to later in the song. Then huge applause greets Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen, both dressed in rags, walking on from the opposite side of the stage and singing reprise of the song. Cut - Danny joins in with them - singing in a raucous 'cockney' accent. Huge applause - Danny gives Bud and Chesney a kiss!
Cut to Danny with Flanagan and Allen, singing 'There's No Business Like Show Business' in finale - looks like Command Performance rather than Danny's own show at the Palladium. A very young Julie Andrews stands before Danny and starts singing the National Anthem. The audience joins in. Cut to high angle shot of the entire company on stage, plus orchestra in pit and audience applauding and looking up at the Royal Box.
See other records for more of the performance and excellent rehearsal footage.