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Sidewalks of London (1938)

St. Martin's Lane (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 15 February 1940 (USA)
On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Charles Staggers
Vivien Leigh ... Liberty aka Libby
Rex Harrison ... Harley Prentiss
Larry Adler ... Constantine Dan
Tyrone Guthrie ... Gentry
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Such
Gus McNaughton ... Arthur Smith
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... Frankie
Basil Gill ... Magistrate
Helen Haye ... Selina
David Burns ... Hackett
Phyllis Stanley ... Della
Edward Lexy ... Mr. Such
Clare Greet ... Old Maud
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Doggie
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Storyline

On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, Libby, also has a talent for dancing and adds her to his act. Harley, the theater patron who never knew Libby took his gold cigarette case, is impressed by Libby's dancing and invites her to bring Charles and the other buskers in his group to an after-the-play party. Libby comes alone. A theatrical career is launched. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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When VIVIEN LEIGH swings it...and CHARLES LAUGHTON sings it...WOW! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidewalks of London See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The premiere of this film, as "St. Martin's Lane'" was broadcast from the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket, with Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Charles Laughton) as the on-air reporter describing the event. See more »

Goofs

While ordering coffee and talking to the gentleman whose gold cigarette case she steals, Libby's eyebrows are penciled in thicker. In the next scene where she is dancing alone in the empty house for rent and is confronted by Charles her eyebrows are noticeably thinner. See more »

Quotes

Charles Staggers: Now look 'ere, young woman!
Harley Prentiss: We've all looked everywhere.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits start as names on a billboard. See more »


Soundtracks

Pennies from Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston and words by Johnny Burke
Performed by buskers - Arthur and Gentry
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Enjoyable Surprise !!!
25 September 2005 | by olddiscsSee all my reviews

I never heard of this film..During my recent insomniac attacks The Sidewalks of London was shown on WLIW TV (It must have been aired @ 2 am..Long Island NY station) I missed the beginning by a few minutes..but thoroughly enjoyed this film..a wonderful surprise great story and a dream cast: Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh and "sexy" Rexy Harrison all giving wonderful performances... was not a good copy however will be looking for a better in the future..Miss Leigh made this film I believe just before GWTW ..and she sings and dances surprisingly well as does Laughton Don't Miss ! The plot involves London Street entertainer, Laughton & Leigh are friends living together (with Ms. Leigh;'s {Liberty}family) barely making a living Laughton is older than Leigh loves her but along comes Rex.. and things change Leigh becomes a musical comedy star Laughton becomes a street begger and goes to jail for a time.. very moving .& fun also. Don't Miss!!


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