• Short Summary

    London celebrates the end of the war.

  • Description

    Title for this item is missing along with Mr Attlee's speech at the beginning of the item.


    Mute neg for Mr Attlee's speech is missing. Track can be heard here. However, a combined print of the missing sequence can be found on this tape just after this item. Title - PRIME MINSTER ATTLEE'S SPEECH ON THE END OF THE WAR. Film ID 1161.23.

    Close up shot of the Britain's Prime Minister Mr Clement Attlee speaking on the end of the war: "Japan has today surrendered. The last of our enemy is laid low. Peace has once again come to the world. Let us thank God for this great deliverance and his mercies. Long Live the King".

    Huge crowds in Piccadilly Circus at night. American soldier climbs a lamppost. Man in pyjamas running from house is recalled by wife who hands him his trousers.

    Various shots of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) in open landau leaving Buckingham Palace, on their way, and arriving at Houses of Parliament for State Opening of Parliament. Masses of people cheering.

    Crowds rushing from Queen Victoria Memorial towards the gates of Buckingham Palace as Royal carriage returns to the palace. Several shots of King, Queen, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret, appearing on balcony of the Palace. Crowds dancing the Beer Barrel Polka outside the palace. They recall the Royal family back on the balcony.

    Chinese people with Chinese letters on their backs celebrating the end of the war in Wardour Street. Close up shot of Chinese man laughing. People dancing in street with Morse "V" signals on their backs. Close up shot of a soldier kissing girl amongst huge crowd.

    Several shots of the King with his cabinet ministers. Close up shot of the King with Mr Attlee.

    More shots of the crowds celebrating at night. Huge bonfire blazing. Close shot of the three women doing a barn dance. Exterior of the Hungerford Club showing the sign on the wall. Close up shots of two bearded tramps with mugs drinking a toast.

    Various shots of the people drinking toasts in night clubs. Close up shots of people of all nationalities barn dancing in Charley Brown's in Limehouse.

    Long shot of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at night.

    Prince Monolulu is seen amongst the huge crowd outside the Palace. Massive crowd cheering.

    (Mute & Track Negs.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:46:00 / 01:52:36:00

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