A cockney fancy dress party given by Fanny and John Cradock at their home in Blackheath, London.
C/U of some fruit, flowers and a stuffed bird on a hat on someone's head; M/S of two ladies wearing similar hats, talking and eating at a party in Blackheath, London. M/S of Jimmy Hanley (in waistcoat, granddad shirt, bowler hat, moustache and glasses) standing at the buffet table with a Beefeater; JH lifts a long eel from a plate; C/U of various dishes of food on the table; "cockles and mussels - an' all that caper!" says the commentator.
M/S of people standing at a table to get food while an old man eats cockles (I think); C/U of JH eating an eel, peeling off half of his moustache to take a bigger bite, then replacing it. C/Us of JH's hands getting a winkle out of a shell, then eating it. M/S showing lots of prepared party food on a table; "personally prepared by a couple who put the 'vive' in Bon Viveur, Fanny and John Cradock, for a cockney party at their home to celebrate their new book 'Something's Burning'", says the commentator. M/S of a waiter lighting candles; C/U as he arranges cutlery on the table; C/U of a model swan full of petits fours; C/U of some delicious looking creamy cakes on a table.
M/S of Fanny Cradock in a flowery hat (Eliza Doolittle style) sitting on a barrel organ at the party and greeting her arriving guests, Edana Romney (not particularly 'cockney' looking although she does have a feather in her hair) and Hutch (in dinner suit); a cheeky cockney bloke (actually John Cradock) comes up to slap Hutch on the back. C/U of Fanny talking. M/S of Winford Vaughan Thomas turning the barrel organ as a small boy plays with a ball on a string that gets tangled up on the handle.
M/S as the Duke of Bedford walks up to Fanny with a tray hanging round his neck carrying bric-a-brac and souvenirs; he is wearing a red and black striped jumper and neckerchief, colourful braces and a huge flat cap. He hands Fanny a packet of cigarettes in exchange for a flower. C/U of John Cradock in flat cap, glasses and red and white spotted neckerchief; he takes a drag from his cigarette (in 'gor blimey' fashion).
M/S of two women at the food table - one dressed in Limehouse Chinese style, the other as a flower girl.
M/S of Eva Bartok, Fanny, Robert Donat's son (unamed) and Barbara Kelly sitting at a table and talking (all but Fanny are in normal evening gear); C/Us of EB, BK. C/U of Ronald Shiner popping open a bottle of champagne with great effort then taking a swig from it. M/S of a lamplighter turning up a street lamp.
M/S of Eva Bartok, Jean Dawnay, Madame Clara (fortune teller - actually Daily Mirror newspaper columnist Noel Whitcomb), Phyllis Fulford-Brown sitting around a table. C/Us and M/Ss as Madame Clara tells their fortunes.
M/S of a large crowd of guests and photographers standing around some donkeys; C/U of three donkey's heads in a row, tilt up to show the Duke of Bedford, Jean Dawnay and another man sitting on them. A woman standing beside them is eating nibbles. C/U of the unidentified man - he could be the donkey handler. C/U of the woman trying to feed nibbles to a donkey. M/S of Cy Grant playing guitar while Steven Macormack (dressed as Sherlock Holmes) hands out ice-cream to children gathered outside; C/Us of children jostling for ice-cream and Cy Grant talking.
M/S of Fanny and John Cradock in their costumes (she holds a tray of flowers) smiling and talking.
Note: This is a nice film with some celebrities of the day enjoying themselves at a theme party - Fanny looks great! On file is a Daily Mail newspaper article, 'No Future In This Lark' by Noel Whitcomb, about his evening as Madame Clara at the party.
The Cambridge Biographical Encylopedia states the correct spelling of Fanny and John's surname as 'Cradock'. For search purposes the alternative spelling is 'Craddock'.