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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

 -  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Betty Warren ...
Barbara Murray ...
Shirley Pemberton
Paul Dupuis ...
Duke of Burgundy
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 ...
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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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Laugh your way to happiness See more »

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26 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passport to Pimlico  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

The isolation of Pimlico and its support by the common people of London is a reference to the Berlin blockade of June 1948 - May 1949. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire
(uncredited)
Written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin and Eddie Durham
Sung in the pub by Molly (Jane Hylton)
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charming and wacky old British film
10 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I commend pictures that try something different. Many films just seem like re-treads of old ideas, so that is the big reason I so strongly recommend Passport to Pimlico.

The movie is set just after WW2 and the post-war shortages and rationing seem to be driving Londoners "barmy". The film centers on a tiny neighborhood in London called Pimlico. They, too, are sick of not being able to buy what they want but can see no way out of it. That is until they accidentally stumble upon a hidden treasure and a charter which officially named this neighborhood as a sovereign nation many hundreds of years ago! With this document, they reason, they can bypass all the rationing and coupons and live life just as they want, since it turns out they really AREN'T British subjects! Where the movie goes from there and how the crisis is ultimately resolved is something you'll need to see for yourselves. Leave it up the brilliant minds of Ealing Studios to come up with this gem!


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