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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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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 ...
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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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Biljett till Burgund  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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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

Professor Hatton-Jones: Forgive me - are you a bleeder? When you cut yourself, do you bleed interminably?
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A fun comic romp with real-life allusions.
21 November 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a very funny Ealing comedy about a community in central London who, through an unusual set of circumstances, discover they are not English, but are an annex of the French province of Burgundy.

The film features comic actor Stanley Holloway (best known as Alfred Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY), as well as a host of other classic comic actors of the period.

The story was apparently based on a news item at the time, when the Canadian Government "officially" gave a hotel room to a visiting European member of royalty. The idea actually reminded me of the real-life case of the Hutt River Province in Western Australia, where a landowner "seceded" from the Australian Government due to a wool quota dispute. (It was never acknowledged by the Western Australian or Australian Governments).

This is a great script that plays with a lot of political and economic issues, rather like the TV show "Yes Minister"; as well as being a great little eccentric character piece as well.


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