American actor Jackie Cooper investigates the good done by the Marshall Plan. c. 1951
Reel 1. Big Ben at night (short shot). Neon lights of Piccadilly. Criterion Restaurant, Atlas Assurance, Bovril, Jacob's Cream Crackers, Brylcreem, Saqui & Lawrence, Coliseum are names seen. Actors in the play "Mr Roberts" take a bow, the curtain comes down. Jackie Cooper and his wife (Miss Hildy Parks?) talk backstage. They look at the camera. Jackie looks into the mirror and begins to take his make-up off as he talks about how much they like Britain. Sights of London. They drive around in open topped sports car. Trafalgar Square. Nelson's Column. Policeman giving directions. The Coliseum. Back streets. Tower of London. Horseguard. Young boy pets the horse as actor and actress look on. American Embassy (?).
Jackie talks about the Marshall Plan. The Embankment. Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. C/U of our guides. Cars drive through the gates of the Houses of Parliament. Hugh Gaitskell makes a speech about the suspension of Marshall Aid and expresses gratitude to the United States. Anthony Eden makes a speech along the same lines. River Thames. Busy street scenes in London - pedestrians, cars, buses etc. Actress looks in shop windows. Voice over about rationing. Hardware shop, greengrocers. Men building house, laying bricks and mixing cement. Reconstruction after the war. Docks, shipbuilding. Men watch as the top part of a large ship's funnel is lowered. The actor straightens his tie in his dressing room mirror. He talks about building up Britain's export trade. Interior of a bank. Money being counted. Grosvenor Square. Jackie meets Lamarr (sp?) King - Administrative Officer of E.C.A. in Britain. He shakes his hand then enters the American Embassy.
See reel 2.