Various shots of the formal presentation of a cheque to the American ambassador for a US Memorial Chapel, those present include J Arthur Rank
MS Sir Philip Warter presents the Chairman with a cheque from the collection of patrons of Associated British Cinemas. This is in gratitude for the contribution of the American Forces towards their Memorial Chapel. (Nat. sound). CU. Lewis Douglas, American Ambassador, and the Marchioness of Reading, head of the WVS (Women's Voluntary Services), at Dartmouth House, Charles Street, London for the presentation of the American Memorial cheque. CU. J. Arthur Rank, smoking. CU. Ditto, pan to unknown guest. MS The Lord Mayor, Sir Frederick Wells and Mrs Lewis Douglas. (Nat. sound). MS Sir Philip Warter on platform applauding. MS Side view, Sir Philip Warter presents cheque. MS Towards, J. Arthur Rank arriving. MS Towards, Sir Philip Warter and wife arriving. MS Towards, the Lord Mayor of London and wife arriving. MS Towards, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress arriving. MS The Marchioness of Reading. (2 shots). MS Guests and dignitaries leaving. CU. The Marchioness of Reading, seated at presentation, pan to Sir Philip Warter. MS Lewis Douglas, the Marchioness of Reading, and Sir Philip Warter. CU. J Arthur Rank (2 shots). CU. The Dean of St Paul's, the V. Revd Walter Robert Mathews. CU. Mrs Douglas. CU. Pan J. Arthur Rank and Sir Philip Warter leaving. CU. Mr. Douglas and the Marchioness of Reading. (Nat. sound - fragments of speech only). MS Douglas stands to applause, delivering speech: "Mr Chairman, my Lord Mayor, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am very glad indeed to be present on this occasion, to have an opportunity to express the gratitude of my countrymen to all those who have contributed so notably to this American Memorial Chapel Fund, to the Anglo-British Commonwealth Association, to the English Speaking Union with which it was subsequently consolidated. To the British Moving Picture Industry, who made its facilities available. To Lady Reading and her intricate industrious and enthusiastic corps of helpers, to all of them I should like to express the thanks of my countrymen". (Nat. sound).
Note: Date on original record reads: 5/24/48. All shots mute except where indicated.