The life of Prince Philip - a biography in film. c. 1953
Reel 1. "Prince Philip - a biography in film of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh." Produced by Howard Thomas. Written by Terry Trench and Alan Burgess. Music by Alan Paul. Editor: Terry Trench. Sound: William S. Bland and George Newberry. Told by Jack Hawkins. With John Arlott, Cecile Chevreau, Finlay Currie, Maurice Denham, Richard George, Anthony Nicholls and Brian Roper.
Early morning London street scenes. Street sweeper, postmen, woman cleaning step, policeman directing traffic. Boy scout waves official programmes. Top shot of crowds in Trafalgar Square. A woman in the crowd faints and is carried away. Prince Philip leaves his home (?). Buckingham Palace. The Royal Carriage. Inside Westminster Abbey - the marriage ceremony. Shots of the Princess Elizabeth growing up. Baby photo of Philip. Lord Louis Mountbatten. Gordonstoun (?) boarding school - shots of boys in laboratory, having lessons, playing hockey, assault course, sculpture class. Photograph of Prince Philip in cricket team. Photograph of Philip in school play - Macbeth. Boys learning building techniques. Fire drill. Boys man a fire engine and wield fire hose etc. Boys man a coast guard point. Looking out to sea with binoculars. Working with maps and model ships, looking through sextant, signalling. Boys riding on bicycles. A man in nautical uniform teaches boys about sailing. Learning knotting techniques. Climbing down a rock face on a rope ladder. Rowing out to sea. Photograph of Philip on board ship. Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. Boys rowing boat, putting on uniforms, learning discipline, building model aeroplanes. Drills. Weekly prize giving. Special sword is awarded. Speech about how tough it is in the navy. Visit by to the school by King George VI. Swimming gala. Voice over - Prince Philip's world war two experience.
Reel 2. Naval manoeuvres with voice over about Prince Philip's wartime experiences. Shots of warships and aeroplanes. Short shot of Australian sea rowing race. Windsor Castle. Photograph of him with a beard and moustache. Shot of him helping the Princess' Elizabeth and Margaret with their coats. Patricia Mountbatten's wedding. Philip saluting and inspecting petty officers at Corsham in Wiltshire. Wiltshire pubs. Men playing skittles and drinking beer. Prince Philip in the mess. Balmoral. Princess Elizabeth walking in the countryside. African tour. Tribesmen do a war dance. Engagement of Philip and Elizabeth is announced. C/U of their linked arms and the smiling couple. Posed shots of the King and Queen and Philip with the two Princesses sharing a joke. Shots of crowds. Princess Elizabeth makes a speech mentioning her "future husband" to much applause. Shots of the happy couple on their wedding day. Royal Horseguards parade. Traditional ceremony of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Reception of Commonwealth statesmen. Visit to Glasgow old folks hostel (inmates not seen). Official duties for the Prince in various places. Prince makes speech during academic ceremony (in Latin?). Philip talks to woman in Welsh national costume. Inspects veterans. Children waving flags. He starts a running race with a pistol. Sailing with the Princess Elizabeth. At various sporting events. Inspecting sea scouts. Philip makes a speech about peace. Visiting a "working class" playground. He makes a speech to the Albany Club who have provided the funds. His work for the National Playing Fields charity. Philip plays cricket with Denis Compton in a charity match.
See reel 1. 2 nitrate prints exist - one is badly scratched.
Safety print exists - good condition. Safety is reels 1 & 2 combined.