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Title:COMEDIAN BOB CAROLGEES VISITS HMS GLOUCESTER [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6404
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE GULF, 1990-1991 [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The comedian Bob Carolgees visits HMS Gloucester to entertain the men and collect their Christmas messages. The DPR(N) are seen in action making a film spot about the visit.
Description: HMS Gloucester lies outboard of the repair ship Diligence at Jebel Ali. An officer returns from leave - among his luggage is a carrier bag he has brought from London containing a gift for one of the crew, RO Wallace, from the man's brother. Wallace is called to the flightdeck to receive the present. Staged sequence showing a RM sentry pacing the flightdeck carrying a light support weapon. Cut to arrival of Bob Carolgees, dressed in camouflage - the order to pipe the side is given and he is greeted by a Lieutenant. He plays up to the camera with mock salutes and ostentatious nose picking. Mr Carolgees addresses the ship's company over the tannoy - he has come to collect the crew's Christmas messages, which will be printed in an English newspaper, possibly the Daily Mail. Cut to Bob sitting in the mess with the men - he makes a slightly scabrous joke about Ladas and sheep, and chaffs the cameraman. Two sequences where the cameracrew film cut-ins - unfortunate sailors are required to stand in attentive postures and laugh heartily as though listening - either directly or over the tannoy - to Mr Carolgees' patter.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) Film and Photographic (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Carolgees, Bob (person)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Gloucester (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - destroyer: Gloucester (object name)
recreation, British naval - performance: stand-up comedy (object name)
Saudi Arabia & Jebel Ali (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: Beta-SP; VHS
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Summary: the sequence where one of the crew is asked what he thinks of officers, and answers by pretending to spit, is a reference to Mr Carolgees' act which includes an expectorating glove puppet, 'Spit the Dog'.