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  • Short Summary

    The first Royal Command Film Performance for Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund.

  • Description

    Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.

    Pictures taken at the first Royal Command Film Performance in aid of the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund. Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London.

    Various shots of constables and mounted police struggling to keep back the crowds who have crushed into Leicester Square to see the celebrities. M/S Princess Margaret, followed by Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) and King George VI walking through a narrow lane to the foyer of the Empire Theatre. C/U of the Queen, in ivory satin and gold brocade gown, and sparkling diamond tiara receiving a bouquet from a little girl. Good C/U of the two Princesses with their bouquets, they walk up the steps inside.

    C/U Stewart Granger smiling, C/U of Maria Montez. M/S of Joan Bennett, Reginald Gardiner and Patricia Roc. C/U Sid Field giving the camera a bewildered look. M/S Joan Bennett, Patricia Roc, Mr and Mrs Reginald Gardiner, Mr and Mrs Ray Milland, Walter Wanger and Eric Portman, walking down the staircase. M/S as the stars are presented to the King and Queen who shake hands with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Bessie Love, Bud Flanagan and Will Hay. Photographers can be seen at work.

    Possibly connected with 46/89 - MD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1487.42
    Media URN:
    70667
    Group:
    Unknown sel originals
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:28:00 / 01:43:16:00
    Canister:
    UNSO Reel 091

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