• Short Summary

    Roundup of Christmas events in London

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    Wimbledon, London.
    GV. Inside a toy factory. LV. Woman dressing and putting the finishing touches to toy dolls. SV. Line of dolls on conveyor belt ready for packing. CU. Chassis of toy car coming along on conveyor belt. It stops opposite a woman who lifts it off and attaches it to the body of the car. Car is a model of an MG. LV. Woman sitting at table testing the cars, she sets the steering on one and lets it go round the table. CU. Car travelling round table. SV. Man taking plastic parts of a model airliner from a machine and he starts breaking the different sections off and placing them in a box. Model is Viscount 800. LV. Toy racing cars being assembled. SV. Man assembling chassis of one of the cars. Camera pans to a woman polishing a finished car and placing the bonnet cover on it. These cars cost £100 each. CU. Secretary closing a door. Sign on the door reads 'Board room - do not disturb.' LV. Directors seated round table playing with electric train set. CU. Model train travelling towards the camera. SV. Three directors sitting at table watching the train.


    GV. Hangar at Wethersfield Air station - men outside collecting donations for orphans. SV. One of personnel walks up and is introduced to the collection box, he takes out his wallet. CU. Man collecting and the man giving, pan down to hand putting money in box. GV. Two more approach, wallet is open and money put in. The other man stands by opening his wallet. CU. One of the collectors calling out to men to put their money in, pan to show board with "Christmas Nights" written on it. CU. One of the collectors beckoning car. SV. He stops car and driver drops money into box.

    GV. Unloading of cargo brought from Germany. SV. Cargo is taken from aircraft and put on back of truck. SV. Goods being carried from truck towards officers club for packing. STV. The goods are carried towards the officers' club. GV. Pan, interior of the club showing wives packing up Christmas stockings with various toys and goods. GV. The two men appear with their box of goods and put them on the floor. GV. Pan as the packing goes on. SV. Wife carrying full stockings away from packing desk. SV. She takes them to counter where they are piled up with other finished stockings.


    Buckingham Palace, London.
    GV. Buckingham Palace stables where the tables with ex-servicemen are placed. SV. Showing wheelchairs. SV. Showing table full of men eating and drinking - these men are from the Not Forgotten Association Queen Mary's Roehampton. SCU. Princess Royal cutting a cake. SCU. Cake partially cut, Christmas greetings from Princess Royal, written on it. SV. Princess Royal talking to the men. GV. As she walks amongst them. SV. Disabled people with funny hats on, drinking. CU. Man with huge piece of cake. GV. Disabled enjoying their Christmas meal.


    Savoy Hotel, London.
    SV. Members of the Variety Club entering luncheon room at the Savoy Hotel, London, for the Christmas Luncheon in honour of the Matron of Lewisham Hospital who helped in Lewisham rail crash.
    SV. Nat Cohen giving out Christmas toys to pretty girls. He goes out of picture and is followed by Jimmy Wheeler being greeted by girls. SV. Nat Cohen, last year Chief Barker of Variety Club, with boy jockey, they walk forward to present Christmas gift to girls. SCU. Girls kissing the boy jockey. SV. Matron of Lewisham Hospital, Miss Marjory Bell, flanked by two girl starlets, looking at dolls. CU. Miss Bell smiling. SV. One of the girls putting gifts on Christmas tree, & CU. GV. Luncheon in progress. SV. Miss Bell seated at table with members of Variety Club. LV. Mr Mike Frankovitch, Chief Barker of the Variety Club, speaking and introducing Miss Bell. SV. Miss Bell stands up (amidst applause) and walks over to Mike Frankovitch, this year Chief Barker of Variety Club, and shakes his hand. SV. Members applauding. SCU. Mike Frankovitch about to present Miss Bell with a cheque for £100 for the children at Lewisham Hospital. SV. Mike Frankovitch presenting the cheque. SV. Bob Monkhouse seated with another man listening to Miss Bell speaking. SV. Miss Bell speaking (natural sound): "Ladies and gentlemen, when I was asked to come here to lunch today, I felt it a very great honour and privilege to represent all the staff of my hospital and I now feel that it's a great privilege to meet all you people belonging to this association. I have heard this lunchtime, something of the good work you have done for the children." SV. Members listening. SV. Miss Bell continues speaking: "On behalf of all the staff and of the patients of Lewisham Hospital, I give you my most sincere thanks for the very wonderful gifts. I will certainly see that the children and the patients and staff of the hospital have a very wonderful Christmas and this will help it. Thank you all very much indeed, and I am more grateful than I can say." SCU. William Holden and Jimmy Wheeler applauding. GV. Members applauding. SV. Miss Bell seated while members stand and applaud.

    (Neg.) (Title Scene A)

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:07:00 / 01:47:57:00

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