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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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Constantine Dan
Tyrone Guthrie ...
Gentry
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Such
Gus McNaughton ...
Arthur Smith
Polly Ward ...
Frankie
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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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When VIVIEN LEIGH swings it...and CHARLES LAUGHTON sings it...WOW! (original ad) See more »

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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

This film received its New York City television premiere Friday 3 February 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Libby wrecks Charlie's apartment and holds the sewing machine up to throw it, the figure who enters through the door with his back to the camera is clearly a body double for Charles Laughton. 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

There's No Place Like Home (Home Sweet Home)
(uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Sung briefly by Staggers
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Wow
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just delightedly discovered this movie, under the title St. Martin's Lane, on Turner Classics (its first showing there). My most vivid impressions:

Laughton's bitter tirade in the halls and stairway of the house, in his moment of disappointment...

How the superficially charming, but hard-edged character created by Vivien Leigh was a magnificent preview of her role the following year, in Gone With the Wind...

The brief but hard-hitting scene in which Tyrone Guthrie tells Liberty (Vivien's character) what he thinks of her...

Laughton's on-stage recitation of Kipling's "If"...

It is certainly a gem for all who, like me, adore the work of Charles Laughton. I also expect that any great fan of Vivien Leigh will deeply appreciate her performance here. And as a bonus, there are some bits of witty music-making by a true virtuoso of the harmonica.


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