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Title:PATRICIA BURKE PERFORMS FOR BRITISH TROOPS AT AKYAB [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 45
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Stage and film star Patricia Burke gives an impromptu show to British troops while she is the guest of XV Indian Corps on Akyab Island in the Arakan region of Burma.
Description: British actress Patricia Burke visits the men of 266th Battery 36th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery at the request of the Colonel of the Regiment. Patricia Burke arrives by jeep and is greeted by Brigadier Leveson-Gower. After a short chat the audience gathers and waits for her to appear on an open-air, improvised stage. After walking on stage Patricia Burke sings to the men. Troops sit near the front of the stage as she sings more numbers (her last show in London had been 'Lisbon Story' and the songs were from this). Patricia calls one of the men, Gunner G W Parks out of the audience and he makes his way to the front of the stage where she gets him to sit at her feet while she sings to him. She takes a curtsey and the audience applaud; she then asks her pianist to come out and take a bow. Patricia is surrounded by men and they chat, smile and laugh. She twiddles the waxed ends of one man's moustache. She then talks to two shirtless men in the cookhouse while sampling some of the food. She also kicks off a Regimental football match and sprints off the field of play.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
MacTavish, DuncanDuncan MacTavish, service number 378125, sergeant cameraman with No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit, later promoted 2nd Lieutenant 6 September 1945 (see Supplement to the London Gazette, 11 April 1947). (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery, 36th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 266 Battery (regiment/service)
Entertainments National Service Association (regiment/service)
Keywords: Landings in the Akyab area 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Third Arakan Campaign 1944-1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 231 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: dopesheet notes address of Gunner Parks as: 10 Montfort Avenue, Corringham, Essex.
Burke's pianist is named on the dopesheet as Jimmy Bailey and adds 'All have agreed that the show was the best thing that happened to the Battery since coming to the Arakan, and the star made one and all feel that it was a pleasure to come and entertain the troops'.
See related items below for film and photographs of other performances by Patricia Burke, and other ENSA members, in this theatre.
ABY 85 (PATRICIA BURKE ENTERTAINS AN RAF SPITFIRE SQUADRON AT SADAUNG [Allocated Title])
ABY 71 (MEMBERS OF ENSA PERFORM FOR RAF AIRMEN ON TABINGAUNG AIRSTRIP, BURMA [Allocated Title])
ABY 84 (PATRICIA BURKE ENTERTAINS AN RAF THUNDERBOLT SQUADRON [Allocated Title])
CF 374 (ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE FAR EAST, 1941-1945)