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Title:2ND DIVISION CONCERT PARTY IN MANIPUR [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 141
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A 2nd Division mobile concert party sets up in Manipur, India, before staging a show for troops of XXXIII Corps.
Description: The camera, in an open area, looks towards a road with a number of lorries arriving. A 3-ton Chevrolet CMP lorry, towing a long trailer, drives onto the field. Scaffolding under construction. A ladder is unloaded from the trailer. The trailer is manhandled into position and the stage is assembled. Captain Harry Luing Preedy discusses the erection of the stage with Bombardier J Miller (Royal Artillery) of Burnham, Essex. Preedy, Miller and Sergeant F Rolleston (Royal Norfolk Regiment) of Wanstead discuss an adjustment to the stage. Adjustments to the stage. A large sign which reads 'The CROSSKEYS present a revue: Clean, Bright and Slightly Boiled with the CROSSKEYS STAGE BAND' is removed from the back of a lorry. More work on the stage. Tap dance sequence featuring Sergeant Rolleston and Private W Moody (Royal Army Medical Corps) of Dulwich as a female impersonator. Snippet of Sergeant Rolleston's Max Miller act. Behind the scenes; brief view of members of the orchestra drinking tea and smoking. Short clip of a sketch entitled 'Costumier's Window' with Private Moody and Bombardier Miller in drag and Sergeant Rolleston playing the window dresser. Sketch entitled 'Quartermaster's Office' with Captain Preedy as the quartermaster. Gunner J Innolls (Royal Artillery) of Bristol plays an accordion. More of Sergeant Rolleston's Max Miller act. Some young Indian children in the audience looking less than impressed. A man in drag performs a song before stepping back as the curtain sweeps closed. A sketch in which (Captain Preedy?) taps a man on the head who falls backwards over a bench (with a 'woman' seated on it) as the curtains close. More from 'Costumier's Window'. Scene which appears to feature Gunner A Bennett (Royal Welch Fusiliers) and Private W James (Royal Norfolk Regiment) as angels with Bombardier Miller dressed as the Queen of Sheba. The orchestra perform on stage. A performer tap dances in front of the orchestra. Ballroom dancing in front of the orchestra. Whole cast performing the finale. Cast member (Sergeant Rolleston?) performing a song (possibly 'Who Cares') dressed as a tramp. 'Victorian Ladies' scene with Private Moody, Captain Preedy and Bombardier Miller. Moody and Miller dancing in their underwear.
Alternative Title:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]