Old-style Hollywood premiere but in Washington DC for Oscar-nominated screen epic.
Washington DC, USA. Cut story with American commentary.
GV of people attending reception prior to premiere of film. MS Charlton Heston shaking hands with Eric Johnston, President of the Motion Picture Association of America. CU Charlton Heston. VS as Charlton Heston, William Wyler. Mrs. Heston and Mrs. Wyler meets guests. LS huge stage set-up of "Ben Hur". LS at night outside theatre. huge searchlights sweeping the building. LS as searchlight sweeps over the outside of the theatre and across the poster for "Ben Hur". MS arrival of General Carlos Romulo, new President of the Philippines and Mrs Romulo. LS guests arriving. MS Turner Shelton, the Motion Picture Director of the USIA (United States Information Agency) arriving. LS arrival of Ghanaian representatives. MS. Arrival of Ambassador Mikhail Menshikov, of Russia, he tips his hat. LS GV of theatre at night. Heston arrives and waves to the crowd before entering theatre. Interior of theatre, audience seated