Canadian Army Newsreel No. 91


[Canadian Army Newsreel
Musical intro.] Narrator: The highest honour
an English town can confer, the freedom of the borough,
is bestowed in Aldershot on the Canadian Army overseas. To the area known to
every Canadian soldier of two wars with
General Montague presiding, a representative force
marches to the Aldershot football field
for the ceremony. While the picked Guard
of Honour stands solidly by, His Worship the Mayor presents
a token silver casket and script which is accepted by the
retiring Cdn. Chief of Staff. It will be replaced at
a later date by a scroll and album meant for permanent
placing in Dominion Archives. Four platoons from the 2nd Cdn.
Specialist Infantry Battalion give an exhibition of drill
rivalling the precision of a Guard’s Regiment on parade. The town which has seen
the arrival and the departure on every grand venture of
Canadian units since 1939, thus tangibly express the
friendship existing between the Mother country and
the Dominion with the Freedom of Aldershot. To London’s Denholm
Film Studios comes a group of Canadian
Repats to se how big-time movies are made in
Great Britain’s Hollywood. On Soundstage 5, a feature
picture is in the making. Produced by the famous beam
of Powell and Pressburg, it is titled,
A Matter of Life and Death. On a giant moving staircase
set costing 36,000 pounds, a scene portrays a dying
airman’s idea of a court of justice in
the other world. The famous Canadian actor,
Raymond Massey, greets his fellow countrymen. Mr. Massey is the brother of Canada’s High Commissioner
to Britain. Michael Powell, the co-producer
of the picture, plays host. Powell knows Canada, too. He directed
the picture, 49th Parallel, in the Dominion a few years ago. The Canadian Army Newsreel
cameraman shooting this story worked with him on that picture. Ray Massey explains all
the 101 details which go on backstage during the making of
an opus in glorious Technicolor. Hollywood …
Kim Hunter and David Niven receive makeup checks,
while Raymond Massey and the other stars
of the picture, Roger Livesey and Marius Goring
stand by for a take. With all the preliminary
rehearsing completed, the camera comes:
Quiet everyone; we’re shooting! Cameraman, action! The great colour camera
gets rolling and another scene is recorded, ready
for the world’s theatres. After the take,
the stars demonstrate their technique to their guests. David Niven gives an
offstage performance which makes a certain
CWAC long remember her visit to Denham Studios. In London,
the Thanksgiving Week Savings Drive is opened by
an air demonstration by Battle of Britain pilots. Group Captain Doug Bader,
the legless ace, leads the dwindled ranks
of the famous few. As augmented by their
comrades with wings, they give a great demonstration
of empire aerial might over the city they saved
from annihilation. Just five years ago,
the veterans brought down 185 German planes
in one day and thus changed the course of history. Now, they fly over a
peaceful city where people remember by
savings to win the peace as they won the war. In Trafalgar Square,
an exhibition of the diabolical machines of
destruction which fell on London gives point to
the exhortation: save for reconstruction. Canucks are reminded
of the approach of their own great savings drive. On the eve of
Canada’s 9th Victory Loan, wise Canadians are ready
to put their surplus cash into victory bonds. They too will help win the
peace as they keep on saving. It’s moving time for
the 2nd. Cdn. Div. in Holland. With the repatriation
schedule running at full blast, the blue patch
boys are homeward bound. Breaking camp for the last time
is a pleasant scene. Even … the webbing
is fun when you’ve got plenty of help and
when the order is to smarten up or points west. The Toronto Scottish Regiment
lower the flag carried by them so proudly from Normandy
beaches to victory. They leave together with
the 14th Field Company R.C.E. and the 2nd Field Battery R.C.A. On their way through
Nijmegen Repat Camp, they cross the
Foulkes Bridge at Arnhem and finally arrive at
the embarkation point. The boat there is strictly
on the government and if there’s no shoving
in the queues it’s not because the
boys are not in a hurry to get to Blighty. How can man sleep when
the white cliffs of Dover marks the beginning
of the end of the trip which will bring the
fighting 2nd back to the land of the Maple? At Khaki University
for Canadian Army personnel at Leeds in Hoffenshire
is officially opened by Field Marshal Sir
Bernard Montgomery. A modern college has
sprung up on the premises of what was
No. 23 Cdn. General Hospital. Nearly 600 students
and 60 faculty members hear the announcement
which proclaims the institute officially opened. Following his address,
the field marshal, together with university
president, Brigadier Beament OBE,
inspects the premises. On registering, the men
and women students are issued with tunics carrying
university flags. For the faculty and student
body there are no parades, no saulting and no
difference of rank. The college is made up
of five houses, each named after a former
govenor general of Canada. At the end of each course,
the University of London conducts examinations. Credits gained from these
exams are acceptable to any Canadian university. Culminating the plans of the
Canadian Army educational staff, the institute if successfully
reconverting training for war to the now important
task of training for peace. Army students in the
overseas theatres are now able to put
their further overseas stay to vital educational
use, thanks to the Khaki University of Canada. At Victory Park Grounds
in Canada’s rodeo capital, the 60th edition of
the famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede gets off
to a flying start with a wild cow milking race. The big, bad sister of
Elsie the contended cow, gives with a gallon
whether she likes it or not. Elsie’s young brother
gets a workout in the calf roping contest. The beefsteaks of the
future take a dim view of the operation, but
within a split second, the cowboys give him
lots of rope and, well, what can a fellow do
when he’s flat on his back? It’s all very well picking on
a guy half your size, but the crowds in the
bleachers get their money’s worth when the
steer decorating contest begins. The general idea of his
parlour game is to tie the pretty red ribbons
on balky’s horns – and brother, that ain’t easy. When it comes to riding
the bucking horses, maybe Gene Autry could
handle the situation while rolling a cigarette
with one hand, playing guitar with
the other hand and singing Home on the Range
at the same time. But he sure would have
to have plenty of glue on his pants. The trouble with these fellas is they just won’t listen
to reason. Just in case the folks
in the cheap seats are getting bored,
the next item on the program is a
steer riding game. The mobile ads for vaudeville
are all guaranteed man killers or your money refunded. The riders have been turned
down by every insurance company in the West. In their idea of fun, you
don’t live to a ripe old age. To round out the performance, the chuck wagon race
gets underway. When it comes to taking the
grub from Point A to Point B, the demon drivers have
even the Army Service Corps beaten on points. AS they battle it out
hub to hub, there are no holds barred. Alvin Hinkler of
Red Willow, Alberta, draws ahead in a
driving finish. He breaks the world record
for chuck wagon driving in the grand spectacle
of the West, the Calgary Stampede.

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