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Sidewalks of London (1938) More at IMDbPro »St. Martin's Lane (original title)

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Sidewalks of London -- On St. Martin’s Lane in London, a popular spot for street performers, a busker (Charles Laughton) works a poor girl (Vivien Leigh) into his act. As her popularity rises, he guides her to stardom even though it means sacrificing his love for her.
Sidewalks of London -- On St. Martin’s Lane in London, a popular spot for street performers, a busker (Charles Laughton) works a poor girl (Vivien Leigh) into his act. As her popularity rises, he guides her to stardom even though it means sacrificing his love for her.

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Release Date:
15 February 1940 (USA) See more »
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A Heart-Stirring Drama of Peace-Time London! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The ancient art of busking See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Charles Staggers

Vivien Leigh ... Liberty aka Libby

Rex Harrison ... Harley Prentiss
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
Cyril Smith ... Black Face
Romilly Lunge ... Jan Duchesi
Ronald Ward ... Jack Temperley
Carroll Gibbons ... Himself - Orchestra Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clifford Buckton ... Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)
Bartlett Cormack ... Strang (uncredited)
Edie Martin ... Libby's Dresser (uncredited)
Ronald Shiner ... Barman (uncredited)
John Singer ... Autograph Hunter (uncredited)
Jerry Verno ... Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Whelan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bartlett Cormack  writer
Clemence Dane  writer
Charles Laughton  writer
Erich Pommer  writer
Tim Whelan  writer

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Charles Laughton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Arthur Johnston 
 
Cinematography by
Jules Kruger 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Hamer 
Hugh Stewart 
 
Production Design by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
 
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan 
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong 
 
Production Management
Roland Gillett .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Brandon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jack Rogerson .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Geoffrey Foot .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frederick Lewis .... music assistant (as Fred Lewis)
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Jack Beaver .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frederick Lewis .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lionel Salter .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Philip Buchel .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"St. Martin's Lane" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 12, 1940 with Charles Laughton reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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: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.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The ancient art of busking, 24 April 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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