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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:
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Larry Adler ...
Constantine Dan
Tyrone Guthrie ...
Gentry
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Such
Gus McNaughton ...
Arthur Smith
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 ...
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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The show that's got everything - singing, dancing, drama, and a love story that hits straight at the heart! (original ad) See more »

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Comedy

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15 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sidewalks of London  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Wilding according to Lewis Gilbert's memoirs was cast in the film but later replaced. 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: I want to marry you! Will you get that?
Liberty 'Libby': What!
Charles Staggers: That's it!
Liberty 'Libby': Marry you, Joe? Have you gone out of your mind? I mean you had better look in the frying pan, hadn't you?
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Wear a Straw Hat in the Rain
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
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Forgotten Classic
22 September 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



I cannot praise this film enough. ST. MARTIN'S LANE captures the feeling and mood of the time so well. The performances are outstanding. In one film you have 3 of the centurie's greatest actors Rex Harrison, Vivian Leigh, and Charles Laughton.

Vivian Leigh was never more fetching,gutsy or charming.not even in Gone with the wind or waterloo bridge. Harrison make the most of his typical leading man role and Laughton evokes such sympathy. it is his finest performance as well. my onlt question is why has this gem been almost forgotten? I was lucky enough to catch it on television about 8 years ago. it is only now being released on video.My advice...purchase this film,you need it in your personal collection !


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