• Short Summary

    A short film highlighting successes of Variety Club of Great Britain.

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    Warner Theatre, Leicester Square illuminated by arc light reading - Judy Garland, James Mason in "A Star is Born". Crowds around the cinema waiting for the stars to start arriving. First is Jack Hawkins and wife, police pushing back crowds. Mr and Mrs Richard Todd arrive and smile. Next to arrive is Gary Cooper. This premiere, organised by the Variety Club rased over £4000 for charity.

    Warner theatre at night. This is premiere of "Helen of Troy". Several shots of the celebrities mingling in the foyer - C. J. Latta with wife, Janette Scott, Diana Dors.

    Premiere of "Guys and Dolls". Kenneth More in foyer. Mayor of London is there as well. Samuel Goldwyn talking to Field Marshal Montgomery (Monty). Douglas Fairbanks Jr with wife. More shots of the celebrities mingling.

    Showing of "Zarak" in Odeon. Illuminated sign at night. Pan, people entering theatre. Anita Ekberg with husband Anthony Steel, Victor Mature waves to crowds. Various shots of the crowds outside theatre. Several shots of the stars inside - Joan Crawford, Diana Dors, Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Olympia, circus performance in progress. Cut to a young boy presenting a set of riding crops to the Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret walking past line of performers in glittery costumes. Various shots of the circus performing. Prince Philip cutting the ribbon - probably opening recreation ground for children. Abrupt end of the story.

    All these glittering events were organised by Variety Club and raised substantial amounts of money for childrens' charities.

    (Title Scene H) (Compiled for Warwick Films)

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:35:00 / 01:18:34:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    Jack Hawkins is accompanied by his wife, Doreen.

    Richard Todd's wife's name is Catherine.

    NOTE: Paragraph 2, beginning "Warner theatre at night" - none of the shots in that paragraph are in this clip.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Joan Crawford is seen at 01:04 with her fourth husband Alfred Steele, CEO of Pepsi-Cola.

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