• Short Summary

    Royal Navy gives a party for film stars and industry leaders on board HMS Victorious.

  • Description


    Portsmouth, Hampshire.

    Several shots of ships in Portsmouth harbour, including HMS Victorious. Slip pan to London railway station - Waterloo? - where we see several male film stars and film industry leaders milling about before boarding the 'Royal Naval Film Corporation Special Train' for Portsmouth Harbour. They are all in evening dress and are off to attend a 'thank you' party held by the Royal Navy because of the help the film industry gives them in obtaining films to be shown on to the men on board ships.

    Actors Jack Hawkins and Stanley Baker chat; Kenneth More and Hollywood movie mogul Jack Warner (of Warner Brothers studio) talk and Sir Philip Warter of Associated British Picture Corporation boards the train. Several shots of the actors and industry personalities chatting on the train.

    At Portsmouth Harbour the men board boats that take them out to HMS Victorious. Earl Louis Mountbatten is piped aboard the ship, followed by several other naval officials. The film guests arrive and meet Mountbatten as they walk to the party area. Kenneth More and Jack Hawkins are followed by Mike J Frankovich (Chairman of British section of Columbia Pictures) and director / producer Herbert Wilcox. Sir Alec Guinness chats to officials. Movie mogul Spyros P Skouras (on right of picture) chats to two men. Kenneth More shows some photos to Mountbatten, a naval official and Jack Hawkins.The gathering are transported up to the flight deck on the elevated surface (usually used for planes) to hear the Royal Marine Band playing a tune. Commentator says when Mountbatten founded the RN Film Corporation, Jack Warner was one of the first collaborators. Jack Warner shakes hands with a naval officer. Captain EF Pizey, current manager of Film Corporation. Actor Richard Todd chats to some men.
    Note: shorter version of this story in 59/75 (film id 1593.26).

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:35:00 / 01:10:56:00
    59/76 (Special)

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