Cuts from newsreel story 46/86 - Monty and Jack Warner at El Alamein Anniversary concert.
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Cuts from newsreel story 46/86 - El Alamein Anniversary.
Reunion concert to mark the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the battle of El Alamein in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery stands at podium and suggests that all the men in the middle sit down so the ones behind can see. Several cuts from his speech. He talks of peace requiring the same kind of united effort (as the war). He says we must trust the new soldiers. He says when the speeches are over the order of the day is to get together with your friends and talk and he hope the beer will last out.
We then see comedian / actor Jack Warner, looking very dapper in a pinstriped suit and trilby hat, giving one of his monologues to piano music. Only bits and pieces of it exist here - sounds like one of his 'Garrison Theatre' / 'Blue Pencil' routines for a post-war audience. Several cuts from the monologue, patter and comical song about oysters. Pan across audience, all sitting on the floor and enjoying the show.
More of Monty's speech. He pays tribute to those who fell during the fighting of the battle of El Alamein. He talks of "some of us still in the army" and some blokes shout out inaudible comments. Nice, though brief, mute shot of people crowding round front of stage to try and shake hands with Winston Churchill, taken from rear of stage.