Footage of the 1953 Variety Club annual dinner.
First Variety Club Annual Dinner. Dorchester Hotel, London.
LV R.S. Woolf, C.J. Latta D.E. Griffiths, greeting guests. MS C.J. Latta shaking hands with guests (several shots). LS Guests admiring Variety Club display panel. MS Leslie Frewin speaking to a lady guest. LS Guests looking at display panel. CU Sign "Show Business". CU The trade mark of Variety Club. MS C.J. Latta seated at dining table. Various shots guests seated at dining table. MS Sir Philip Warter and Sam Eckman seated at table. Various shots guests listening to speeches.
LS D.E. Griffiths speaking: (natural sound.) "My Lords, fellow barkers, ladies and gentlemen, may I first of all express our deep appreciation for the presence of all of you tonight. The results of your presence has raised something like $2,000 for sick and needy children. CU I am sure you will appreciate ladies and gentlemen that in the formative stages of a thing of this kind there are many problems and many headaches involved. The original crew the original men who formed Variety, selected as their first Chief Barker a man well known in the film world, distinguished film man in America and he undertook the responsibility of being the first chief Barker, I am sure you will agree with me that his problems and his headaches must have been considerate but the first year he appointed with him a crew and they did a magnificent job of work ..... to our first Chief Barker a present in thankfulness to him for the hard work that he did in creating the tent and causing Variety in London, together with his colleagues to be the event, the occasion and the possibilities that the means to us all for the future."
D.E. Griffiths speech "....I would like therefore in your presence to hand on behalf on behalf of all members, of Tent 36 all Barkers a little souvenir, a little gift as a reminder to Robert Woolf, our first Chief Barker". LS Griffiths handing candlestick to Robert Woolf. LS Diners seated at table. LS Griffiths handing casket to Latta. LS Waiter carrying birthday cake to Glynis Johns table. MS Richard Todd presenting Miss Johns with Bouquet. MS Diners seated at table 54. MS Todd misses Johns behind bouquet.