Norman Wisdom interview, film gossip and music plus stars at Variety Club gala.
Film Fanfare No. 14.
Paul Carpenter introduces John Parsons at London Airport. We see Parsons interviewing American actor Lloyd Nolan beside an aeroplane. He is here to play the role he originated on Broadway - Captain Queeg in the play of 'The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal'. Then Parsons interviews comedian Norman Wisdom about his recent and future travels abroad and gets Wisdom to demonstrate his hysterical laughter - Norman does so, and people in the background start laughing too. Parsons signs off.
Studio. Paul Carpenter introduces edition of Film Fanfare (Whitsun Holiday). Co-presenter Peter Noble gives us the latest film news. He mentions Kim Novak in 'Pal Joey', Ginger Rogers in 'The First Travelling Saleslady'. Peter relates how he sat on the beach for an hour, chatting to Rod Steiger ("that chunky newcomer"!) about his £40,000 a picture. More gossip about musical remake of 'Anna Christie' with Doris Day! (that one never happened), Pinewood preparing for arrival of Marilyn Monroe, Herbert Lom in 'Fire Down Below', Tony Wright in 'Tiger in the Smoke', film of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American' with Gregory Peck (actually starred Michael Redgrave) and Rossano Brazzi.
Carpenter who makes link to John Fitzgerald. John sits in mock-up of viewing theatre and reviews 'The Swan' (with Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness), 'The March Hare' (with Terence Morgan and Peggy Cummins), 'Keep It Clean' (with Ronald Shiner). (John pauses where the clips should be inserted.) Cut to the Kentones and Peggy Full (sp?) singing theme tune to 'Port Afrique' (medium tempo samba number sung by three men and a woman while quartet play, then song is continued by a woman with attitude and a foreign accent - presumably Peggy?). Some of these shots would be good to illustrate a crowded television studio (and an unlikely-looking bongo player).
Short length of spacing. Then cut to orchestra conductor (Muir Mathieson?) in studio, who introduces a cancan theme by Rossini, then turns to the orchestra to conduct it. We hear the length of the piece, then Paul Carpenter makes link to 'roving reporter' John Parsons.
John Parsons reports on the Variety Club's All Star Gala at the Festival Gardens, London. Stars seen include - Julia Arnall, Belinda Lee (looking gorgeous), Tonia Bern, Terence Morgan with Peggy Cummins, Derek Bond, George Baker, John Gregson, John Pertwee, Kenneth More, Tony Wright, Janette Scott, Shirley Ann Field, Petula Clark, Robert Morley, Barbara Riscoe (sp?).