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    The Royal film Performance of "Beau Brummell" with Stewart Granger & Elizabeth Taylor.

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    Royal film Performance of "Beau Brummell" with Stewart Granger & Elizabeth Taylor.
    Cinema hoarding Leicester Sq. at night. Crowds outside behind barriers. Limo's arriving and fans waving and watching. WS as celebrities enter the Empire foyer. Those identified are, Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger, Jack Warner and wife Mary Bell, Freddie Mills, Janette Scott and Susan Stephens, John Mills and wife, Jane Russell, Peter Ustinov and Peter Finch. The Royal arrival includes the Queen and Prince Philip and Princess Margaret. In the foyer the Queen shakes hands with Reginald Bromhead and other film chiefs also seen was C.J. Latta. LS stars lined up awaiting the Queen. Royal party walking up stairs to lounge where the Queen and Philip shake hands with the stars. Brenda de Banzie, Valentina Cortesa, Granger and Jean Simmons, Jack Hawkins, John Gregson, Anna Neagle, Peter Finch, Michael Redgrave, Peter Ustinov and Shelley Winters.
    In the projection box the projectionist prepares the film. The Queen receives flowers and the Royal party stand infront of their seats in the cinema with the audience behind them, CA to projectionist, the Royal party seated with the audience clapping them, fade to black.
    On screen is "Tonight in Britain" Night scenes of cars in Piccadilly, a montage of West End theatres and crowds seated. Show girls putting on make up, the orchestra entering the pit, WS show girls in dressing room, Actress in medieval costume back stage, audience arriving, actors smoking in the wings, outside queue moving. A master of ceremonies waves a hammer and a perky girl starts playing the piano. WS from back of audience as the curtains open to reveal Hattie Jaques on stage in music hall costume singing and dancing. VG shots of the audience singing along. Smart crowd in night club in evening dress. The small band begins to play as the singer trips lightly down a stair case. The camera tracks in as she sings.
    The title "Melody" introduces an animated film about singing birds who fly into a classroom and are given a lesson by a piano playing owl.
    Exterior night shot of the Empire as a limo arrives. The Queen, Philip and Princess Margaret say goodbye and drive away. As the they leave the camera tilts up to the illuminated "Beau Brummell" cinema hoarding.

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    Film ID:
    2703.02
    Media URN:
    80023
    Group:
    Documentaries
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1954
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:10:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:53:00 / 01:31:14:00
    Canister:
    DOCS

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The first five lines of the main body of the shots list is somewhat topsy-turvy. So I'll re-identify the comings and goings......

    Arriving at 00:26 are Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger.

    Arriving at 00:38 is Anna Neagle.

    Arriving at 00:42 is Shelley Winters.

    At 00:53, Jane Russell arrives.

    At 01:03 we see Jack Hawkins, talking to Michael Redgrave.

    At 01:11, Peter Ustinov wanders around.

    At 01:17 John Mills arrives with his wife Mary Hayley Bell, (replacing the current shot listing of "Jack Warner and wife Mary Bell". Jack Warner does not appear at all in the clip).

    At 01:44 we see Peter Finch.

    At 01:46 we see CJ Latta and his wife.

    At 01:52 we see J Arthur Rank and Robert Clark.

    Freddie Mills, Janette Scott and Susan Stephens are listed as appearing, but I can't see any of them.

    Things improve from the words "The Royal arrival" onwards.

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  2. jamied says

    "Valentine Cortesa" should read Valentina Cortese.

    At 04:39 we see Ronald Shiner.

    "The Queen receives flowers" - they're given to her by Nicholas Hawkins, son of the actor Jack Hawkins.

    The very same footage of the Royal Film Performance, with a commentary, can be seen in clip 497.06.

    From 05:34, until the end of the clip at 10:20, all the other material is completely unrelated to the Royal Film Performance.

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