• Short Summary

    Celebrities bring toys to Variety Club lunch to donate to children's hospitals.

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    Variety Club "Bring a Toy" luncheon at Savoy Hotel, London.

    C/U Savoy Hotel entrance. Panning shot guests arriving with presents. Interior shot as guests hand presents to nurses. The presents are toys for sick children in hospital. C/U nurses helping comedian Alfred Marks with his Santa beard. M/S comic actor Sid James dressed as Father Christmas receiving presents. Panning shot piles of presents under tree. M/S nursing staff looking at cake. C/U Xmas cake. C/U Sir Billy Butlin, holiday camp owner. M/S nurses with presents. M/S actor Harry Corbett and Sooty with glamorous showgirl dressed as Miss Christmas. C/U Miss Christmas. C/U actor Stanley Baker, dressed as Santa. He lights cigar through his beard. C/U Sister Gage holding pile of gifts. C/U comedian / magician Tommy Cooper dressed as Santa. C/U Tommy Cooper lifting two glamorous showgirls, Olga Linden and Donna Reading. C/U showgirl. C/U Tommy Cooper. M/S nurses watching. M/S actor Ray Barrett and actress / comedienne Liz Fraser passing gifts to comedian Charlie Drake dressed as Santa. M/S comedian Jimmy Edwards dressed as Santa with Miss Christmas. She bends over and Jimmy slaps her behind - cheeky!

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
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    Black & White
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    01:36:07:00 / 01:37:31:00

Comments (5)

  1. jamied says

    The event was held on 12 December 1967.

    "actor Harry H. Corbett and Sooty" - despite what the commentator says it's actually Harry Corbett and Sooty. (Harry H Corbett was somebody totally different, famous for his role in Steptoe and son").

    "Tommy Cooper lifting two glamorous showgirls" - they are Olga Linden and Donna Reading.

  2. jamied says

    Attached is a piece about Harry H Corbett. The second paragraph explains the reason for him using the "H" initial......


    And for confirmation of the difference, here's a piccy of Harry Corbett.....


  3. jamied says

    I've highlighted a similar "Corbett" mix-up in clip 1759.03.

  4. British Pathé says

    Thanks - we've added those showgirls. Can anyone confirm who Harry Corbett is?

  5. British Pathé says


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