Hoover Preserves 1940s Color Films Featuring Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh, And Sir Laurence Olivier

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Mary Churchill Soames christening the B-17 bomber “Stage Door Canteen.” Also pictured: Sir Laurence Olivier (left), Vivien Leigh, and Frederick Anderson. [ Frederick Anderson papers, Reel 24]

Mary Churchill Soames christening the B-17 bomber “Stage Door Canteen.” Also pictured: Sir Laurence Olivier (left), Vivien Leigh, and Frederick Anderson. [Frederick Anderson papers, Reel 24]

 

Films from the Frederick L. Anderson Collection at the Hoover Library & Archives were preserved recently with funding from a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The three films were shot by Frederick Anderson, a US Air Force major general during World War II, and include scenes of bomb damage, as well as footage of Winston Churchill and his wife in Cuba, Winston Churchill’s daughters Mary Churchill Soames and Sarah Churchill, and actors Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. The three films were shot on 16mm Kodachrome color stock. The films are available for viewing online:

Frederick Anderson Papers, Reel 5, “Bomb Damage”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4x2JlIu07A

Frederick Anderson Papers, Reel 24, “London, Churchill’s Daughter”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UJWVyb3ruw

Frederick Anderson Papers, Reel 25, “Mr. Churchill’s Cuba Trip”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utZ7mu4lht0

The Frederick Anderson grant is the fifth that the Hoover Institution has received from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

For additional information, contact Stephanie Stewart at stewarts [at] stanford.edu.