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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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A treat for film coinnesseurs 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Michael Wilding according to Lewis Gilbert's memoirs was cast in the film but later replaced.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:Now look 'ere, young woman!
Harley Prentiss:We've all looked everywhere.
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Soundtrack:
Vivien WaltzSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A treat for film coinnesseurs, 27 November 1999
Author: Eva-Ionesco from Sydney, Australia

This is a rare treat for coinnesseurs, a film where three of the greatest actors of Hollywood, Rex Harrison, Charles Laughton, and Vivien Leigh, strut their considerable stuff! They were all still relatively young in 1938, but already you can see the promise of great things to come, for the three, especially Laughton, who was already one of the world's finest actors.

In many ways the story resembles Harrison's later role as Professor Higgins in "My Fair Lady"(1964). Laughton and Leigh play buskers in the street, and Harrison plays a toff who gives Leigh a chance at stardom. Laughton plays quite a similar role to his later "Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) who falls in love with the girl but recognises he is too ugly for her, and eventually contents himself with her kindness towards him. You can see Laughton's superb acting skills, when she kisses him, and his eyes shine with satisfaction and pride, as they wave goodbye to each other. It is truly a precious moment in films, a moment to savour.

The following year saw the release of Leigh's "Gone With The Wind" and of course "The Wizard of Oz", two of the greatest films ever made, so minor films like this tended to be forgotten quickly. It's worth taking another look, though, at this film, which deserves far more recognition than it got.

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