Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands makes warm and moving tribute to Chaplin at awards.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Amsterdam, Holland / Netherlands
GV. Exterior of International Congress Building in Amsterdam MS. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Prince Bernhard and Princess Beatrix enter and take their seats in the hall. Various shots, Charlie Chaplin (later Sir Charles Chaplin), the unique film actor, producer, director, screenwriter and composer, enters with his wife Oona. They take their seats beside the Royal party and make jokes with them.
Various shots, dignitaries in the hall listening to Prince Bernhard speaking. Various shots, Prince Bernhard speaking of Charlie. "Charlie the tramp. Charlie the defender of the right to live of the humble, the poor, the oppressed." He ends: "Charlie of the generous heart who has been able to charm millions of people of all intellectual levels. Charlie the eternal, sensitive and indestructible nobleman." He speaks in English and tells of how Charlie has given much pleasure and deserves this award. Various shots, Charlie Chaplin goes up to receive the Erasmus Prize from Prince Bernhard and the Royal family to a standing ovation.
Note: Date on original record: 27/06/1965. Dutch commentary. Also receiving the Erasmus award in 1965 was director Ingmar Bergman, he was too ill to attend so that prize was received on his behalf by Mr Kenne Fant of the Swedish Film Industry.