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    Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "A Premiere with President" - 50/99.

    United States of America (USA).

    GV. Britain's Prime Minister Clement Attlee at National Press Club during his visit to USA - photos being taken. GV. Applause. SV. Attlee speaking: (natural sound): "Almost continuously since that time, and I know very well the comradeship of the British and the American people in war and our close co-operation in peace and it has been my object either as Deputy Prime Minister or Prime Minister always to do my utmost to promote that full understanding and co-operation between our peoples. Our Governments are very well served by their Ambassadors on both sides of the Atlantic. Our Secretaries of State of Foreign Affairs are in constant ..... and the frankest interchange of views for the objective of our two countries are the same but it is inevitable that with our different geographical conditions and in view of the particular responsibilities, which each of us carry there should be some difference of emphasis. I would say that when we have world affairs under investigation each one of us bring a different spotlight so as to speak onto those affairs - light and shadows are emphasised from one direction - lights and shadows from the other direction and between the two of us we get a fairer and juster view of the whole then we can possibly have when we look at it from our own angle. Our talks are still in progress but I can say already that they're doing just this - they are enabling us to understand each other's point of view and that is the first and most necessary step in the process of forming a common policy for the ends we seek are not in dispute they are not in doubt. CU. "My object today must be to try within the limits of freedom which responsible office entails to give you the truth as I see it so that you in this room know it and tell it to your readers and those who are listening to me outside may hear it in their own homes. Let me turn to the position as it is today.

    Our two countries are two of the leading countries in the United Nations and we are engaged in a great adventure - the Adventure of peace. We are loyal members of the United Nations. Now the United Nations are bearing as we all recognise with gratitude the major part of the burden of asserting the rule of law." SV. Attlee continues: "We stand by our duty and we stand by our friends. The times are critical, neither can we deny the forces of the United Nations have suffered a serious set back. This is not the time for criticism we must seek to find out how best to help those who are bearing this burden. Let me say that the achievement of General MacArthur and his troops will go down in history as most notable" Applause. "....... shouldn't obscure what was done under General MacArthur's skilful and resolute leadership. Nevertheless we have to recognise that owing to the intervention of the Chinese, the military situation has gravely deteriorated in the past few days. It is our task here to review the world situation in the light of these events and to consider carefully our further course of action. Let me say here we must always beware if taking short views dictated by our emotions we must always recall that military objectives are means to an end and not the ends in themselves. The purpose of the military operations by the United Nations in the Far East is to halt aggression, to see the rule of law respected and to establish lasting conditions of peace. You must always bear in mind that the peoples of the Far East have to live sometime or other as neighbours and we want them as good neighbours and our long term object therefore always is, to get rid of the causes of war. That does not mean that we have any intention of indulging in what is called appeasement - a word of ill omen. I am told a lot of people believe that is just what I've come here to do - That's not true. We all know from our own bitter experience that appeasement does not pay but we in Britain are deeply concerned with all......" Item abruptly ends.

    (Comb. F.G.)
    Note: Severely damaged sound - natural sound only. Speech continues in item 50/99 B - Film ID - 1506.37

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:12:00 / 01:54:38:00
    50/99 A (Selected Originals)
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    50/099 A
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    Religion & Politics
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