In celebration of his forty years in Fleet Street. Chairman - Lord Beaverbrook. Fleet Street?
ENGLAND: London: Savoy Hotel:
GV dinner. LV Swaffer, Beaverbrook and Cudlipp. SV Swaffer, Beaverbrook and Cudlipp. SV Brendan Bracken, John Gordon and Vernon Bartlett. CU Hore Beliesha. SV Douglas Fairbanks, Junr. CU Fairbanks. CU Quentin Reynolds. SV Reynolds and Tom Webster. CU A.J. Cummings. CU side view Steve Donoghue Semi side view Marquis of Donegal, in H.G. uniform. GV Beaverbrook talking. SV Beaverbrook speaks. GV, SCU Beaverbrook speaking. SBV people listening. SCU Beaverbrook speaking. GV Beverley Baxter. SV Baxter speaking. LV people listening. SV, Reynolds speaks. GTV Reynolds speaking and crowd listening. SV Beaverbrook and others drinking, Beaverbrook speaks. GV people applauding and Swaffer stands. CU, SV, GV, LV, CU and GV Swaffer speaks. GV pan people applauding.
SOUND EFFECTS: SV Beaverbrook speaks:
"Where are my notes, has anybody got any notes he doesn't want? (Laughter) As I look around these tables I see so many lamps, All these sheep escaped from our fold and one damn ram (Pointing to Swaffer). A most astonishing character. He's against the Church and for Dick Sheppard. (Laughter) He's against the theatre and for Sybil Thorndyke. (Laughter.) He is against the astrologists and for the spiritualists. He is against the Daily Express and for Beaverbrook. (Laughter) GV He is not interested in what the politicians say SCU he is only interested in what he says to the politicians. (Laughter. SCU He's a great figure, the greatest figure that has been striding down, Fleet Street, up and down, in my time. A most remarkable character. Sincere, honest, kindly in intentions, and utterly and absolutely devoted to the profession that he adores
SOUND EFFECTS: SV Beverley Baxter speaks:
"Swaff is an honest man. It isn't for nothing that he has earned that familiar and proud insignia, "Honest Swaff qui mal y pense." (Laughter.) But that idealism and honesty is tempered by shrewdness. First when Lord Southwood tempted him and Swaff took the long view that is, the long acre view (Laughter) that showed that a certain shrewdness dominated his policy as well, in fact, bearing out what was said at him "No reasonable Swaffer refused."
SV Quentin Reynolds speaks:
"Once upon a time Swaff was out shouting even louder - Swaff talked a great deal and I asked him "Swaff, why don't you ever stop talking?" and he said "Because when I do the conversation becomes very dull." (Laughter.)
Background: In celebration of his forty years in Fleet Street. Chairman - Lord Beaverbrook. Fleet Street 'pope' completing forty years as journalist, is feted by leading journalists.