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    Documentary about the life of Harold Macmillan - Conservative Prime Minister 1957 - 1963

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    Reel 2.

    Harold Macmillan arriving at the Elysee Palace for Foreign Minister conference in Paris, France. Stills cameramen take pictures. L/S Vienna. Macmillan at table signing Austrian Peace treaty. Macmillan and other foreign ministers on balcony. Crowds wave.

    Exterior of house near New York where American, British and French Foreign Ministers met in 1955. John Foster Dulles, Harold Macmillan and Christian Pineau take seats at glass table.

    Flags of Council of Europe countries. Exterior of Council of Europe Building, Strasbourg. Macmillan and aides walk into the building. Council of Europe in session. Pineau at place in Conference chamber. Macmillan at place in council, he takes off his glasses. High angle shot of chamber.

    Macmillan seated at desk looks up from work. He puts papers into ministerial red box. C/U Macmillan. (He is now Chancellor of the Exchequer and is preparing to deliver the budget - 1956)

    Newspaper headline - 'Eden resigns'. (Paper gets it wrong, suggesting Butler would take over). A gaunt looking Anthony Eden leaves No. 10 Downing Street. (Jan 1957). Harold Macmillan with wife and daughter.(57/5) Eden's car pulls away from Number 10. Flag flying above Buckingham Palace. Crowds gathered around gates awaiting news of the succession. Dark shot of Macmillan driving through gates of Palace. Exterior Palace. Car comes out of gates. C/U Downing Street name plate. Car drives up Downing Street. Macmillan gets out. His family are watching from upstairs window. Cameramen take pictures.

    L/S launch approaching in Bermuda. President Eisenhower gets of launch and is greeted by Harold Macmillan. Ocean liner lets off steam (quick shot). Dwight Eisenhower and Macmillan stand together. They climb into car, obscured by cameramen.

    Royal Air Force (RAF) plane landing in Bonn. Macmillan is greeted by Konrad Adenauer. They shake hands before the photographers.

    Crowds line road. Door of No. 10 Downing Street. Macmillan and Pandit Nehru, Indian Prime Minister lead other Commonwealth leaders down steps into garden of Number 10 Downing St. High angle shot of delegates. Macmillan and Canadian Prime Minister Diefenbaker (57/53). Pandit Nehru (Jawaharlal) and Mrs Pandit talk.

    Exterior of Red Fort in Delhi, India. Street scenes in India. Government building in Delhi. Crowds of Indians. Nehru introduces Macmillan to line up of Indian leaders including Krishna Menon. Nehru walks as Mr and Mrs Macmillan are given garlands of flowers. Indian children. Nehru and Macmillan wave from open top car. (1958). Garlanded Macmillan walks with Indians past fields. Spire of Indian War Memorial (UN 3037A). Mr and Mrs Macmillan seated, remove their shoes. Crowds look on from rooftops. Macmillan places wreath at War Memorial. British Union Jack flags flies next to Indian flag. People cheer Macmillan and wife. Nehru and young Indira Gandhi shake hands with Macmillan as he and his wife board the plane home (It is a BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation plane). The people wave Macmillan off. His plane takes off.

    Harold Macmillan in evening dress making speech. C/U Macmillan drinking from glass.

    Her Majesty the Queen - Queen Elizabeth being escorted by Macmillan at London airport.

    Garlanded Macmillan chatting to ordinary Indians. Macmillan chatting with John Foster Dulles and Christian Pineau (Foreign Ministers). Macmillan signing autographs for young boys. Macmillan looking worried during Cyprus conference. Macmillan playing cricket. Still of Macmillan, wife and grandchildren. (All quick shots).

    C/U Macmillan speaking to camera.

    The End.

    Notes: This documentary appears to have been made as an obituary in case of the death of Macmillan. It appears to have been made during his period as Prime Minister as it does not cover his retirement in 1963.

    The copy is quite scratched. It is unclear whether a sound track was ever recorded, there is no script in the documentation. We are currently unable to find the sound reels of the cutting copy or a show reel of the finished film. Documentation includes a shot list and various other information.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1955 - 1958
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:49:00 / 01:13:37:00

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