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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 October 1949 (USA)
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Residents of a part of London declare independence when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a "Passport to Pimlico".

Director:

Henry Cornelius

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Arthur Pemberton
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Connie Pemberton
Barbara Murray ... Shirley Pemberton
Paul Dupuis ... Duke of Burgundy
John Slater ... Frank Huggins
Jane Hylton ... Molly
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Wix
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... P.C.Spiller
Roy Carr Roy Carr ... Benny Spiller
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Fred Cowan
Nancy Gabrielle Nancy Gabrielle ... Mrs. Cowan
Malcolm Knight Malcolm Knight ... Monty Cowan
Hermione Baddeley ... Edie Randall
Roy Gladdish Roy Gladdish ... Charlie Randall
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Garland
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Storyline

When an unexploded World War II bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, England, it reveals a treasure trove. They find documents proving that the region is, in fact, part of Burgundy, France, and thus foreign territory. The British government attempts to regain control by setting up border controls and cutting off services to the area. The "Burgundians" fight back. Written by Stephen Parkin <stephen@spcap.demon.co.uk>

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Pimlico is the home of hilarity! To Fun! To Laughter! See more »

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Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte para Pimlico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Credited theatrical movie debut of Barbara Murray (Shirley Pemberton). See more »

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Frank Huggins appears with a group of men refilling the reservoir with a hosepipe, while simultaneously refilling his goldfish tank back at the shop. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Randall: [being forcefed a sweet] I don't want a sweet.
Edie Randall: You'll have a sweet and like it.
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THE END comes up on the closing shot of a barometer going down. See more »

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Featured in Introducing Ealing Studios (2012) See more »

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Music by Charles Williams
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A fun comic romp with real-life allusions.
21 November 2004 | by BadWebDiverSee all my reviews

This is a very funny Ealing comedy about a community in central London who, through an unusual set of circumstances, discover they are not English, but are an annex of the French province of Burgundy.

The film features comic actor Stanley Holloway (best known as Alfred Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY), as well as a host of other classic comic actors of the period.

The story was apparently based on a news item at the time, when the Canadian Government "officially" gave a hotel room to a visiting European member of royalty. The idea actually reminded me of the real-life case of the Hutt River Province in Western Australia, where a landowner "seceded" from the Australian Government due to a wool quota dispute. (It was never acknowledged by the Western Australian or Australian Governments).

This is a great script that plays with a lot of political and economic issues, rather like the TV show "Yes Minister"; as well as being a great little eccentric character piece as well.


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