• Short Summary

    Danny Kaye being shown the Tower of London by a beefeater and 'larking around'.

  • Description

    The Tower of London.

    MS. Danny Kaye, his manager and another man entering the gate of the Tower of London. MS. Walking into grounds with gate in background. MS. Beefeater showing Danny and manager old gun. MS. They look at another gun. MS. They look at same gun. Danny peers into barrel, looks up and pulls funny face. LS. Back view Kaye and party walking under archway with a portcullis. MS. Beefeater, Danny and Manager look up at Bloody Tower. CU. Head and shoulders of Danny talking to Beefeater. MS exterior view of Tower of London CU beefeater speaking 'This is the Bloody Tower. The reason it's called that is because of the murders, carried out within its walls, the most famous being the murder of the little princes in August 1483'. SCU. Danny talking to beefeater. MS. Elevated beefeater, Danny and manager walking in grounds. SCU. Pan from Traitors Gate to Danny, Manager and beefeater looking at it. CU Beefeater 'This is Traitors Gate. The reason it's called that is because they used to bring the prisoners down the river from Westminster after they'd been sentenced to death for confinement in the Tower'. MS. Danny, manager and beefeater walking round. MS. Danny stops suddenly and looks scared. CU. Notice - 'Beauchamp Tower and Scaffold Site'. MS. Danny pointing to notice and registering fear. MS. Danny, manager and beefeater walking in grounds. MS. They walk to mike position. MS. Danny going through motions of hanging to beefeater. SCU.Notice - 'On this site stood the scaffold where were executed. (Then list of famous names), and CU. XU.Plaque - 'Site of Ancient Scaffold. On this site Queen Anne Boleyn was executed'. SCU. Danny points to plaque and asks, 'What is that' Beefeater replies 'That's the public execution site'. Danny: 'Where,' Beefeater: 'Where people were beheaded'. Danny: 'Who ordered that?' (looking scared). Beefeater: 'Henry the 8th' Danny: 'He did?' Beefeater: "Yes ' They were all beheaded here. Danny. 'They were what' Beefeaters: 'All beheaded' Danny: (Too Scared to speak mumbles and points to his throat) Beefeaters: 'He started off with Anne Boleyn - Henry 8th's second wife. CU. Danny bites his nails in fright SCU. Danny speaking: 'You mean they were all beheaded?' Beefeaters: 'Yes' Danny: 'Heads chopped off?' (Feels his throat) Beefeater: 'Yes' Danny: 'Here yes? Chopped? Beefeater: 'Yes' Danny: 'Well its been a very nice afternoon, I'll see you again sometime' Danny shakes hands with beefeater and walks away muttering' chopped, chopped off'.

    (Comb. Neg.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:31:00 / 01:14:17:00
    UN 2113 B

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