Danny Kaye entertains audience at the Royal Command Performance - London Palladium.
Comedian / film star / singer Danny Kaye in action at Royal Command Performance 1948 - London Palladium. Unedited footage / cuts / rushes / out takes.
High angle shot panning over the audience standing for the National Anthem and applauding, looking up at the Royal Box in the theatre.
Cut to Danny Kaye's entrance, with band playing jazz number behind him. When the applause dies down he makes a high-pitched laugh and says he it is very nice to be back home again at the London Palladium. Cut to Danny performing song about native girls on a desert island (? not sure what title is). He does some comical conducting of the band, then runs back to the microphone and stomps about singing 'Tip Toe Through The Tulips'!
Cut to Danny introducing a song about 'Terpsichore'. Cuts of him talking in foreign accent and singing comical song about dancing and ballet. Danny sings part of 'Begin The Beguine', deliberately singing out of key - very funny. Danny tap dancing and doing a fast, complicated step - yelling "I did it!". Cut to Danny singing final bars of 'Ballin' The Jack' - ending on a whisper. Danny says he wants the audience to sing. He does some comic business with the band, getting them to lean this way and that. Then he starts to sing 'Minnie The Moocher'. At the first call and answer section, the audience doesn't come in and Danny pretends to be angry and upset.
Cut to high angle L/S of Danny talking like a little child about a trip to the zoo (?) and botanical gardens (see Danny Kaye 1). He then gets the audience to sing 'ah', walking down over the piano to the front of the stalls to direct them.
See other records for more of the performance and excellent rehearsal footage.