• Short Summary

    Tommy Steele and crew are seen preparing to shoot scenes for 'Half A Sixpence' at Blenheim Palace.

  • Description


    M/S of exterior of Blenheim Palace; several shots inside the Palace of statues and portraits. Actress Julia Foster looks at some Chinese porcelain in a cabinet; M/S of the bed where Winston Churchill was born. Standing next to the bed, Tommy Steele is helped into his cloak, as commentator explains that the film 'Half A Sixpence' is being shot at Blenheim.

    Various shots show the company preparing to shoot the scene where Tommy, as Kipps, disgraces himself before high society at a posh dinner; a wardrobe mistress checks maids' uniforms; candles at the banquet table are lit; make-up is touched up; an arc lamp is adjusted. Director George Sidney looks through an eyepiece as he lines up a shot; the actors take their places at the table.

    Outside the Palace a line of extras dressed in servants livery queue up to get food at a catering caravan. Julia Foster and another actress (could be Penelope Horner?) get a plate of food from the caravan; Julia makes a face and mouths "You have it!", pushing it towards the other girl. M/S and C/U of a model of Blenheim Palace made from icing sugar.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:13:00 / 01:53:31:00
    CP 642

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