Cuts from newsreel 49/46 - Danny Kaye farewell at 'Picturegoers' luncheon, Savoy Hotel.
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Cuts from newsreel 49/46 - Danny Kaye farewell at 'Picturegoers' luncheon given by Odhams Press at Savoy Hotel, London.
General views of gathering at luncheon to bid farewell to comedian / comic actor Danny Kaye before he returns to the United States after successful engagement at the London Palladium. Mute footage shows Mrs Lewis Douglas, wife of American Ambassador, and others listening to Lewis Douglas' introductory speech. Shots of Danny Kaye listening, getting up to make his speech. C/U of comedian Sid Field listening; pan to actor / writer Emlyn Williams listening. General views of people applauding.
Sound section starts with people applauding and toastmaster introducing Lewis Douglas (wearing sunglasses), who makes speech introducing Danny Kaye, saying "There's a universal quality about his talents. They appeal to men and women everywhere." Toastmaster introduces Kaye.
Danny Kaye stands up and we see several cuts from his speech (see actual story for more details). He says that he would feel a great deal more comfortable if he were speaking from the stage of the Palladium or any public hall than he does at this luncheon. He talks of his first visit to England in 1938 when he played at the Dorchester. There was a man sitting at a table at the front with his back to the floor who never once turned round during the 50 minute show.
He goes on to talk of the generosity and warmth of the audiences during his run at the Palladium and how he thinks all the people in the world are made of the same sort of emotions. Speech is chopped about a bit. He starts to talk of something that might offend people (see actual story for golf joke that followed - not included here). He ends by saying how grateful he is for his 6 week stay in England.