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Original WW2 footage of Stage Door Canteen

"Change Partners"

Excellent footage about dance hostess at Stage Door Canteen club in London.

M/Ss of Mrs Lesley Hill walking to work in North London. L/S of her arriving at Regent Garage. Several shots of Leslie filling up a customer's car with petrol and filling it with oil. Good L/Ss of the members of the armed forces dancing at the Stage Door Canteen. The commentator says that Leslie works there as a dance hostess. L/S and C/U of Leslie walking through dancers. High angle shots of people dancing. Good shots of Leslie dancing with an RAF (Royal Air Force) man. More good footage of follows with Leslie's also dancing with member of the Royal Navy and a soldier (Desert Rat) at the club. M/S of Leslie back in her flat sitting down rubbing her feet. She lights a cigarette and looks at photo of her airman husband.

Sir Anthony Eden makes speech, Jack Buchanan introduces Bing Crosby at forces social club (Stage Door Canteen London).

M/S of Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden on stage of club for servicemen and women. He makes jovial speech to declare the place open. He makes slightly rude joke about "unity amongst the allies" existing within the club.

Bing Crosby and Jack Buchanan come on and they get involved in comical chit-chat. Bing Crosby then sings chorus from "Amour, Amour".

Good shots of men and women in uniform in the audience.

"The Stage Door Canteen closes" pt.1

The Stage Door Canteen, London - a favourite venue for the forces during WWII - closes its doors with one last show. Various shots of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women service people enjoying themselves and listening to performers including - according to the old records - the conjuror Sirdani, singer Mary Naylor, Joe King, Bob Ardent and Charles Dixon. Various people make speeches.

"The Stage Door Canteen closes" pt.2

The Stage Door Canteen, London - a favourite venue for the forces during WWII - closes its doors with one last show. Various shots of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women service people enjoying themselves and listening to performers including - according to the old records - the conjuror Sirdani, singer Mary Naylor, Joe King, Bob Ardent and Charles Dixon. Various people make speeches.

"Stage Door Canteen dance"

Stage Door Canteen - armed forces social club, Piccadilly, London.

Various shots entertainers on stage performing to large audience of servicemen, servicewomen and youthful civilians. One of the performers could be Bing Crosby? Various shots crowds outside waiting to come into night club. Various shots of dance floor crowded with service personnel dancing.

"Stage Door Canteen Paris"

With Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier.

"Fred Astaire dances at Stage Door Canteen London"

Newsreels of Ginger Rogers making imprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater 1939, receiving her Academy Award 1941, Fred Astaire dancing and introducing his sister Adele at the Stage Door Canteen in London 1944, Fred dancing on the streets of Paris 1944, Fred and Ginger at the Oscar's 1967 (mute) and more.