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IQUEER ELIZABETH greets Joan Rice, a rising film star who was a teashop waitress three years ago, at the Royal Film
TerjoTw-ance at London's Odeon Theatre. Character actress Margaret Rutherford is on the left, with handsome young
actor Peter Reynolds next to Joan. Merle Ober on is next to Peter.
mars glitter for Royalty
By 3ILL STRUTTON, of our London staff
THE Royal Film Per
formance is the
»or: most glittering premiere.
This year, at Leicester Square's streamlined Odeon
Cinema, chosen British and hntrican stars performed be fore ihr Jueen, Princess Mar prct, ar.d a glamorous audi Ict
Micha rl Wilding danced a fwt dance, Jane Russell filled a revolver on Dan Duryea. Fred MacMurray ug cowboy songs, and Her liont Baddeley turned up as iPkcadilly flower-girl.
Richard Attenborough, aroth , his present radio pularitv in England, walked i to the stage wheeling a nmophone in a pram in his
art of a broken-down disc
The ubiquitous Orson Idles did magic tricks, and squad of the screen's leading omen were dressed up as korus L'trls.
The nlm chosen for the pre itre as Eating's African
epic, "Where No Vultures Fly." Its star, the handsome, newly popular Anthony Steel, was present with a high temperature. He was suffer ing from malaria, which he caught on location in Africa.
Thousands of fans milled
about in the pouring rain as the Queen and Princess Mar garet arrived and stepped through a guard of honor of
58 actors and actresses.
Blonde Sharman Douglas, a friend of Princess Margaret and daughter of the former
United States Amb ss'dor to
Brit-in, was escorted by Michael Wilding, who usually
escorts Marlene Dietrich and
Peter Lawford arrived with Lady Elizabeth Clyde.
Because the Odeon was
booked out for charity, none
of the stars had a seat. Be
tween their arts, they sat around in the basement drink ing black coffee.
Jean Kent, in fifty yards of sequined tulle billowing over seven petticoats, took up a fair
amount of space.
JANE RUSSELL, in scarlet velvet with a mink-edged hood, arriving with Dan Duryea. Her charm and good sense, in direct contrast to her publicity build-up, made her the most
popular Hollywood envoy to this year's Performance.
9ALLKRINA Ludmilla Tcherina, a new
far, hud two miniature white doves tinging to the tanned skin above her
swelled off-the-shoutder bodice.
LIZ ABET H SCOTT, escorted by Fred MacMurray, almost fainted with excite ment. Jane Russell revived her with a bottle of smelling-salts from Jane's bag
VAN JOHNSON, with bedecked wile, Evie, drew enthusiastic greetings from the crowd of onlookers. There was a wonderful supper party after the show.