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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  26 October 1949 (USA)
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Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

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Betty Warren ...
Barbara Murray ...
Paul Dupuis ...
John Slater ...
Frank Huggins
Jane Hylton ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Mr. Wix
Philip Stainton ...
P.C.Spiller
Roy Carr ...
Benny Spiller
Sydney Tafler ...
Fred Cowan
Nancy Gabrielle ...
Mrs. Cowan
Malcolm Knight ...
Monty Cowan
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Edie Randall
Roy Gladdish ...
Charlie Randall
Frederick Piper ...
Garland
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When an unexploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, an area of London, it reveals a treasure trove and documents proving that the region is, in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British Government attempt to regain control by setting up border controls and cutting off services to the area. The 'Burgundians' fight back... Written by Stephen Parkin <stephen@spcap.demon.co.uk>

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Pimlico is the home of hilarity! To Fun! To Laughter! See more »

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26 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Pasaporte para Pimlico  »

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Trivia

Screened at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival, but not entered into the competition. See more »

Goofs

Frank Huggins appears with a group of men refilling the reservoir with a hosepipe, while simultaneously refilling his goldfish tank back at the shop. See more »

Quotes

P.C. Spiller: Blimey, I'm a foreigner.
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The J. Arthur Rank logo segues into the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in A Run for Your Money (1949) See more »

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The Sun Is Shining
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Music by Charles Hawtrey
Played on the pub piano by Charles Hawtrey
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Immigration? Parliament? Well...not yet.
19 May 2001 | by (Palm Harbor, Florida) – See all my reviews

A bustling and, it is implied, unscrupulous gaggle of Britons waddles its way into the freshly, sloppily partitioned nation of Burgundy. For the new Burgundians, opportunity knocks on one door, while confusion beats down another. The cacophonous Nazi explosion that created Burgundy (and buried Pimlico) is now rivaled by the vociferous crowd, swarming through the former British district like Bedouins over the dunes of Arabia.

T. E. B. Clarke's screenplay, "Passport to Pimlico," in its superior comedic handling of legal, logistical and practical civil nightmares, is one of best political parodies ever filmed. Like Clarke's later "The Lavender Hill Mob," "Passport" holds its knot to British underpinnings of dignity and grace under pressure; what remains so comedic about both stories, however, is the loss of such maintained hegemony. The direction, by veteran Henry Cornelius ("I Am a Camera," dramatic basis of "Cabaret"), is sure, confident in a way that resembles the careful work of a helmer filming a story of his own, which, in fact, he is (a conceptual collaboration with Clarke). It has been said that the two based their outline of "Passport to Pimlico" on the Canadian government's gift of a provincial `room' to the Netherlands.

"Passport" is a great, funny, touching film, well known to subject historians and critics, worthy of popular re-discovery.


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