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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 October 1949 (USA)
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 un-exploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, 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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French Goings-On In The Heart Of London See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

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

The part of Prof. Hatton-Jones was written as a man and was offered to some male performers before it was decided to make the role female, and Margaret Rutherford was cast. See more »

Goofs

Approx 1 hour in, during the showing of the news reel, where they are throwing cans and buckets in the air and the phrase 'hitting the production target' is said, one of those people are hit by a falling item with visible distress. 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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Crazy Credits

The J. Arthur Rank logo segues into the opening credits. See more »

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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

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La Guajira
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An endearing look at London life that is gone but not forgotten
16 August 2000 | by stuart-70See all my reviews

Brace yourself for a shock - according to a recently-discovered and authentic legal document that is centuries old, Brooklyn belongs to Iceland! Consequently, people travelling to and from Brooklyn must now carry a passport or visa, declare items of value at the Brooklyn Customs points, and perhaps even converse in Icelandic!

It is a similar, mind-bending assumption (with hilarious practical implications) that British viewers have to make when watching "Passport to Pimlico" (a London district near Buckingham Palace, no less). In the film, much of Pimlico (or "Burgundy" as it is now called) looks like a bomb-site, which it probably was still at that time in the aftermath of World War II.

As one of the so-called "Ealing comedies", it ranks alongside other films in this group like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and "The Lavender Hill Mob" which parody - but in an affectionate way - various aspects of British social life. Conversation is always very parochial and petty. At the same time, this film preserves certain other conventions of the time - for example, there really was a restriction on how much money people could take out of Britain which lasted until the 1970s. In "Passport to Pimlico", people travelling on the underground railway have to declare there currency at the "Burgundy" Customs points. Above all, Margaret Rutherford stands out as the unworldly history professor with sweeping convictions. This charming films preserves a way of life which, though long gone, is not forgotten.


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