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    Dorchester Hotel, London, England: GV Ext. Dorchester Hotel. GV Int. Assembly. SV Mr. Perkins at table. SCU Tom O'Brien. SCU Man & Woman. GV Assembly listening to Sam Eckmann Jnr. SCU Sam Eckmanns speaks & makes presentation of cheque to Marchioness of Carisbrooke. SCU Kaye & another applauding. LV Robert Woolfe introduces Danny Kaye. (Nat.sd.) GV Danny Kaye stands up to speak. LV Danny speaks:-(Nat.sd.) SV People applaud. LV Danny Kaye speaks:-(Nat.sd.) Dubb shot Between cameramen ditto. CU Danny pulling faces & gagging about cameraman - pan to cameraman - pan back to Danny. (Nat.sd.) GV Assembly. SCU Danny speaks:- (Nat.sd.) GV Assembly. LV Danny concludes: (Nat.sd.) GV Danny Kaye sits mid applause.


    LV Danny Kaye speaks:-

    "Chief Barker, Ladies & Gentlemen. Distinguished guests. I find myself in a rather peculiar disadvantage this afternoon, for a number of reasons. In the first place, we have a cameraman on this side, and if they spend as much time developing a silent camera as they have the wide screen, Swaffer could hear everything that was going on.(laughter) It never ceases to be a source of amazement to me that this function owes (laughter) I tell you, do you want to get them all now? I give you all 3 minutes, give you four faces and go take a walk.(laughter) Kaye turns & points to cameraman, I don't like them from behind, you know. Okay, everybody, I'll see you outside fellas.(laughter) SCU..."You know, there is always such a wonderful air of festivity before we walk in the dining room. People you meet outside & they say Hello, how are you, hows your family, and there's a constant buss of activity and excitement and it is just wonderful. Now you have lunch, you hear general discussions all over the room, and pretty soon there is a great big knock on the table: then a lull descends over the entire room. The reason for this lull is that usually the speeches are about to start. The entire gathering gets extremely nervous & they get nervous because I am sure all of you have been at many functions and all of you have been through some most painful experiences, and it is always when the speeches are about to begin. Ladies & Gentlemen: We - this afternoon - we are privileged & honoured indeed (takes off somebody) to be able to present to you (makes noise) a man who I feel in many ways has been of great assistance (more noises) by this time the audience develops peculiar tastes, everybody in the audience, or a great portion will be going (he pulls twitching faces) now he introduces the Vice President of the Organization who has been preparing for 14 years(laughter) and he has always notes prepared. And he says - Distinguished guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, Friends, sham. This afternoon we have been extremely privileged,
    we have been extremely privileges (he is a glasses taker-offer) He says that we feel that in our way great honour is due to this - Gentlemen, though I feel in many respects responsible is here to-day. (thump on table) now the audience beings to rattle coffee cups."

    SV..."Then we gave the greatest speaker of all. This is the fellow I like to listen to. He steps up assured, at ease, has a rather commanding attitude., he speaks with great authority, except he doesn't know what he is talking about.(laughter) And he says, We in this country feel that as a people, not we, and I say because we and this is what we have to fight for. Now he sometimes goes on for a weekend.(laughter) You know this is not my racket, I am not supposed to make speeches, But I stand up here and I feel a strange kind of nervousness about trying to relate to you what I feel about Variety Club, what I feel about the Theatrical profession of which I am intensely proud, what I feel about Great Britain and what I feel about my own country. This would be difficult indeed to explain all these things to you and to sit by and hear accolades heaped upon one and hear about all the laughter and all the generousities & all the wonderful things that we have done for people., or the enjoyment we have brought to people & the fact that we have made them forget their cares for an hour or two a day, and the fact that we occupy a high position in the theatrical profession because we can go out and entertain, it all becomes a little bit - it is not embarrassing mind you I like it very much - but in a strange way it becomes overwhelming: because has it ever occurred to anybody, and does anybody realise that what I give to people comes back to me a hundredfold: does it ever occur to anybody that the joy and the laughter and the enjoyment which is our great fortune and good luck to be able to dispense comes back and that I am the richest human being in this entire room. LV..."So of all the other outside activities that very few people ver hear about, I pledge my health and my soul and my very deep feeling to the continuance of this organization."

    Personalities - Performers, Social Events, Danny Kaye (1908/13-1987), Great Britain


    Dorchester Hotel

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