Entertaining The Troops - ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association)

BBC project on people who entertained the troops during WWII - The Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA)

From The Lane To The Line

From The Lane To The Line (1939)

Footage of Leslie Henson and other stars rehearsing his Concert Party at Drury Lane, London.

Britain Lights Up

Britain Lights Up (1949)

London and Brighton see the return of illuminations and neon signs. Crowds fill Piccadilly.

Premiere Of 'the Rebel'

Premiere Of 'the Rebel' (1961)

Stars at premiere of film 'The Rebel'. Plaza, Haymarket, London.

Duke's Magic Lunch Date

Duke's Magic Lunch Date (1955)

Comedian Tommy Cooper has as an assistant Prince Philip at Variety Club luncheon.

200 Stars At Gala

200 Stars At Gala (1963)

Two hundred stars attend Variety Club Gala at Battersea Park.

Duke With Variety Club - Long Version

Duke With Variety Club - Long Version (1959)

Variety Club luncheon with many stars present - longer version with additional material.

Theatre

Theatre (1950)

Great stock shots of London's theatre land. Illuminated signs and people going into seats.

Premiere Of 'the Rebel'

Premiere Of 'the Rebel' (1961)

Very good item showing stars at film premiere of 'The Rebel'. Plaza, Haymarket, London.

Allies In Algiers - November 1942

Allies In Algiers - November 1942 (1942)

British and French troops in Algiers.

Thank You For Your Letters Marjorie Anderson

Thank You For Your Letters Marjorie Anderson (1945)

Marjorie Anderson answers some requests from servicemen overseas as she tours London.

The Turn Of The Tide - Allied Landings In North Africa

The Turn Of The Tide - Allied Landings In North Africa (1942)

Great, triumphant item - Allied troops land in Algiers and round up Italian prisoners.

Have You Ever Heard This One ? AKA George Formby Entertains The Troops

Have You Ever Heard This One ? AKA George Formby Entertains The Troops (1939)

George Formby sings songs to the troops including the 'Swinging along with the Boy of the New Brigade'.

Ensa Concert In France

Ensa Concert In France

Servicemen enjoy a good sing song at an ENSA concert.

Red Devils Of Arnhem

Red Devils Of Arnhem (1944)

The Red Devils land in Arnhem to commence fighting. Holland.

1914 - 1918 War Scenes

1914 - 1918 War Scenes (1914)

World War I scenes.

Gracie Fields Entertains The Troops

Gracie Fields Entertains The Troops (1939)

Footage of the singer Gracie Fields entertaining members of the British Expeditionary Force in France.

Gracie Entertains Again AKA Gracie Fields Entertains

Gracie Entertains Again AKA Gracie Fields Entertains (1940)

Gracie Fields sings "Sally" to sailors and marines.

George Formby In France

George Formby In France (1940)

The singer and comedian entertains British troops in France.

Army Tea Break With Gracie Fields

Army Tea Break With Gracie Fields (1940)

Gracie Fields serves tea and entertains troops. 1940?

Ensa Wardrobe AKA Right Dress!

Ensa Wardrobe AKA Right Dress! (1945)

ENSA entertainers are fitted out for their costumes backstage at the Drury Lane theatre.

It's Laughter They're After

It's Laughter They're After (1944)

Tommy Trinder gives impromptu concert to soldiers in Foggia, Italy.

Between Rounds

Between Rounds (1942)

Nice story showing an ENSA company entertaining soldiers in the desert.

Airmen Train In South Africa

Airmen Train In South Africa (1940)

RAF men learn to fly and maintain planes in the clear skies of South Africa.

RAF Guinea Club

RAF Guinea Club (1947)

RAF Guinea pig club for men whose faces and limbs have been restored by plastic surgery.

Best In Show Business

Best In Show Business (1965)

Celebrities receive awards at Variety Club Luncheon.