Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev paid a visit to filmland, Sept 19, and watched Hollywood stars singing and dancing while making the 20th Century Fox musical film "Can Can" at Los Angeles, California.
LV.PAN. Mr. and Mrs. Khrushchev onto balcony.
LV. Mr. and Mrs. Khrushchev seated with studio officials.
SV.PAN. Frank Sinatra speaking PAN to Mr. and Mrs. Khrushchev.
TV. Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jordan during take.
Mr. and Mrs. Khrushchev applaud.
STV. Can Can girls in dance number.
GV.PAN. Studio audience.
SV.PAN.Girls at end of dance PAN up to Mr. and Mrs. Khrushchev applauding.
STV. Khrushchev with stars.
SV. Khrushchev meets stars.
SV. Mr. an Mrs. Khrushchev with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra.
TV.G.PAN.Crowd in studio.
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Background: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev paid a visit to filmland, Sept 19, and watched Hollywood stars singing and dancing while making the 20th Century Fox musical film "Can Can" at Los Angeles, California.
A star in his own right, the Russian leader dominated Hollywood, greeting the galaxy of 400 film people with jovial shouts of "Okay...Okay". American crooner, Frank Sinatra, chosen as host to the Russian leader and his wife, introduced a scene from the film, near completion at the studios. The cast and technicians put in a special morning's work to show the visitors film making behind-the-scares.
Veteran French singer, Maurice Chevalier accompanied by Louis Jordan, were enthusiastically applauded by the Russian guests after singing a song from the stage show - recently a Broadway success - by Cole Porter and Abe Burrows. Then, with the chorus girls, Frank Sinatra and leading lady Shirley Maclaine, sang and danced a number straight from the "Naughty-Nineties". - a saucy leg-show in scanty costumes, which did not impress the Russian Premier. Although his wife appeared amused by the high-kicking dance, Premier Khrushchev thought it in poor taste. The following day during a visit to San Francisco, he told reporters: "The dancing was immoral and tasteless. This is a pornographic film and won't be allowed in Russia."