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Sidewalks of London (1938)
"St. Martin's Lane" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  15 February 1940 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Liberty aka Libby
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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)

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

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: There ain't no answer. You're after justice and logic. There ain't no justice, and there ain't no logic. The world ain't made that way. Everything's luck, see. And good temper. And if you can take a joke. The whole of life's a joke.
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Opening credits start as names on a billboard. See more »

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Soundtracks

Vivien Waltz
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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