Royal family watch Royal Command Performance - mostly audience shots plus performers.
Comedian / film star / singer Danny Kaye in action at Royal Command Performance 1948 - London Palladium. Unedited footage / cuts / rushes / out takes.
M/S of Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother) and King George VI standing in the royal box with Princess Margaret. Fuzzy M/Ss of the royals watching the show, applauding, laughing, talking to each other. Margaret seems very excited and animated. Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) sits beside Margaret. They all seem to be enjoying it - presumably this is during Danny Kaye's performance.
Good shots of the audience laughing and enjoying the show. C/Us of people laughing and applauding.
L/S of Danny Kaye on stage, singing at microphone. Closer shots of him conducting the band and doing a crazy dance while singing into microphone. Cut to Danny with Bud Flanagan and Chesney Alan (the latter two dressed in rags) after singing 'Underneath The Arches'. For the finale the curtains open to reveal the rest of the company; several comedians march on to join Danny and the others and the orchestra pit starts to raise up to stage level. Fuzzy shot of the royals leaving the royal box. L/S of the stars walking off stage.
L/S of acrobatic act performing on stage, followed by comedian (? too far away to make out who it is). Shots of the spotlights being shone from the circle and audience in half-light. L/S of line of chorus girls doing dance routine with high kicks. More of the royals and audience. High angle L/Ss of Danny at microphone, standing in spotlight and doing a mincing walk around the stage.
Queen, King, Princess Margaret and Prince Philip chat to two women in the theatre, outside the door leading to the stalls. The royals walk through flower-decked theatre corridor