|Directed by David Bairstow, Gudrun Bjerring Parker, and Roger Blais|
|Canada, 1951 (documentary, 54 minutes, colour, English)|
|Also known as "Voyage royal"|
|Photo © National Film Board of Canada|
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]
"A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951 includes the pageantry of Québec City; the National War Memorial in Ottawa; the Trenton Air Force Base; Toronto; a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Regina; Calgary and Edmonton. The royal train crosses the Rockies and makes stops in several small towns. The royal couple boards the HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and watches native dances in Thunderbird Park, Victoria. They are then welcomed to the United States by President Truman. The remainder of the journey includes visits to Montreal, the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a steel mill in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Portugal Cove, Newfoundland."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Written by:||Leslie McFarlane|
|Produced by:||Tom Daley|
|Film Editing:||Ronald Dick, Victor Jobin, Betty Brunke|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada|
"Royal Journey, the NFB's record of Princess Elizabeth's Canadian tour in the fall of 1951, will always be remembered for being the first feature film ever shot on Eastman colour 35mm film stock. It was originally to be a 20-minute newsreel but the NFB had shot a lot of good material and was not sure what to do with it. The president of Famous Players cinemas, J.J. Fitzgibbons, was asked to look at the 60-minute rough cut of the film and advise the editors. He told them to cut nothing out, and that he would gladly show the film in his theatres on one condition: that it be ready for a Christmas release, just one month away. NFB employees worked day and night to complete the film on time. Columbia Pictures premiered it on December 21, 1951, in Ottawa and then released it throughout Canada. After only 3 weeks it had grossed $250,000 in Canada alone. It was released in New York City by United Artists in January of 1952 and played throughout the USA. Royal Journey was, at the time, the most widely seen feature film in Canada, ever -- 2 million Canadians saw it in the first 3 years of release."
-- Albert Ohayon (source)