Danny Kaye plus Flanagan and Allen in Royal Command Performance.
Comedian / film star / singer Danny Kaye in action at Royal Command Performance 1948 - London Palladium. Unedited footage / cuts / rushes / out takes.
Danny singing 'Minnie The Moocher' on stage. He gets the audience to join in with the call and answer sections, doing a complicated scat bit that no one can follow! End of the song - huge applause. Curtain closes and Danny stands at microphone. He looks behind the curtain, doing some silly business and telling the audience "I'm watching you!".
He introduces "a Bud Flanagan song" that he heard in a Crazy Gang show when he was last here and starts to sing 'Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner'. Cut to Danny singing 'Underneath The Arches'. Conductor Henry Hall hands him some sheet music because he doesn't know all the words.
Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen enter from stage right, dressed in rags and singing a reprise of the song. Danny joins in with them. Huge applause at the end of the song.
A quick bit of patter, then the three start to sing 'There's No Business Like Showbusiness', joined on stage by all the other artists in the show. The curtain is pulled back to reveal all the chorus girls and boys - entire company on stage. Pan from stage across audience and up to the gallery (can't see much up there). L/S of very young Julie Andrews running on stage and leading everyone in the National Anthem. Performers and audience turn to face Royal Box. Closer shot of the artistes - other members of the Crazy Gang are in the front row, plus comedian Arthur Askey. Everyone walks off stage to the music, with Danny and some of the Crazy Gang with arms on each other's shoulders, joined by comedian Ted Ray.
See other records for more of the performance and excellent rehearsal footage.