Arrivals for the 1948 Royal Command Performance, plus Danny Kaye in action during show.
Arrivals for the Royal Command Performance 1948 - London Palladium, plus Danny Kaye in action in the show. Unedited footage / cuts / rushes / out takes.
Several shots of crowds of fans outside the theatre, pushing to get a glimpse of the stars and being kept in line by policemen in capes (looks a cold and wet night). Shots of sign above the entrance to the theatre reading 'London Palladium - Royal Command Performance In The Presence Of Their Majesties The King & Queen - Will Be Given On Monday November 1st'.
Cars pulling up outside theatre; people in evening dress getting out of cars and going into the theatre. Film star Robert Taylor arrives and goes inside. Comedian Sid Fields greets others at entrance to theatre. Film star Douglas Fairbanks Jnr arrives with others - could be his wife Mary Lee and lady who looks like the Duchess of Argyll (?).
Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother), King George VI, Princess Margaret and Prince Philip arrive and are greeted by officials before going inside.
General views of the audience, looking at stage, applauding, laughing. L/Ss of Danny Kaye on stage, singing, walking around to the music. He runs off stage, through a door, then comes back out to take a bow. Brief shot of Danny getting his pianist on stage to take a bow. Shots of Danny with Bud Flanagan and Chesney Alan, singing 'Underneath The Arches'. The rest of the artistes come on stage for the finale. Comedians Arthur Askey, Ted Ray and child singer Julie Andrews are among them. Everyone marches off stage.