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Release Date:
15 February 1940 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
A neglected treasure 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"St. Martin's Lane" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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: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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Soundtrack:
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A neglected treasure, 3 May 2006
Author: Ken (Silents) from USA

This is a wonderful story of love, ambition and sacrifice among the buskers (street performers) of London. Everybody's good, but Laughton and Leigh will stay in your mind and your heart long after you've seen this great film.

Laughton's performance should be studied by every acting student. He gives us a Charlie Staggers who is funny, resourceful, honest and pathetic and with a great capacity to love and do right by others. He is a simple and good man with a deep soul, and his audition in the theatre at the climax of the picture is both sad and uplifting.

Viven Leigh demonstrates a great talent and the characteristics that made her so successful the following year as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind." In this film she begins as a self righteous and petty thief and by the end she has grown to become a highly successful but humbled actress. Leigh carries this change superbly and makes it completely believable. By any measure it is a great performance.

"Sidewalks of London" is also very well written, directed and edited. I rank this as one of the best English language films of the 1930s.

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