Stafford Cripps and Ernest Bevin set sail for talks with President Truman.
Full title reads: "John Bull Goes To Washington"
Introductory intertitle reads: "Off 'On One of the most important missions in history' go Sir Stafford Cripps and Mr Bevin to talk dollars with the US Government".
Southampton, Hampshire. GV Liner ship 'Mauretania' tied up at quayside. CU Name - 'Mauretania' CU Stafford Cripps poses at entrance of gangway. SV Officials carrying in despatch boxes. SV Pan Ernest Bevin arriving and walking to gangway.
Philadelphia, United States of America (USA). GV Interior President Harry Truman being decorated by the American Legion in Philadelphia. SV Presenting Truman with service medals. GV Crowd applauding. SV Truman speaking. 'Representatives of the United Kingdom and Canada will soon be here to discuss some of these problems. We look upon these talks as discussion among friends about problems, which affect us all and in the solution of which we all have a common interest." GV Audience listening and Truman speaking. "The People of this country are well aware of what the war meant to Great Britain and of the stresses and strain which have been made upon the British people in recent years. Representatives of the United Kingdom will find here a warm personal welcome and may be assured that these mutual problems will be examined by us in a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness." LV. Audience applauding.
Southampton. SV Mauretania pulling away from Quayside. SV Two tugs. SV Mauretania pulling away from quayside. SV Cripps and Bevin walking towards along deck. SV Cripps and Bevin standing in front of mikes. SV Bevin speaking. 'For that reason and others too we welcome very much the speech made by President Truman in Philadelphia, the other day.' LV Cameraman. CU Bevin speaking. 'He showed there was understanding and a determination to try and grapple with these great problems that have been left to us as a result of the war. They won't be solved by talking at each other , they will be solved by talking with one another and by trying to understand all the problems that are involved.' SV 'Mauretania' steaming out into Southampton water.