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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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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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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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15 February 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem recited by Staggers and Liberty is "The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God" by John Milton Hayes, written by 1911. 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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Opening credits start as names on a billboard. See more »

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Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Vivien Waltz
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
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The ancient art of busking
24 April 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When St. Martin's Lane first came out it was not given any release in the United States, I suppose because American audiences would not be attuned to buskers. We have no equivalent of that here.

Nevertheless it's a nice film. Charles Laughton is the head of a troop of buskers (British street entertainers)who inhabit and perform in and around the London theater district. The group takes in street waif Vivien Leigh and it's obvious she's got real talent. And theatrical composer Rex Harrison appreciates her charms even more than her talent.

Laughton is not a man who takes betrayal gladly as he sees it. The rest of the film you'll have to see for yourself.

It's nice to see both Harrison and Leigh in good parts before they became big stars. Laughton as always is fabulous, he's got the London cockney accent down pat.

After Vivien Leigh became a star with the release of Gone With the Wind, St. Martin's Lane made it to the states in a limited run. It was no big hit in Great Britain for Laughton who co-produced it with Erich Pommer, the second of three films they did. But Vivien Leigh's success helped them recoup a bit.


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