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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

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



(original screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Warren ...
Duke of Burgundy
John Slater ...
Philip Stainton ...
Roy Carr ...
Benny Spiller
Sydney Tafler ...
Nancy Gabrielle ...
Mrs. Cowan
Malcolm Knight ...
Monty Cowan
Roy Gladdish ...
Frederick Piper ...


When an un-exploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, it reveals a treasure trove. They find documents proving that the region is, in fact, part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British government attempts 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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Release Date:

26 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte para Pimlico  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last Duke of Burgundy was Charles de Valois, otherwise known as Charles "The Rash" or "The Bold" or "The Terrible. The 44-year-old Charles was killed in the Swiss War in 1477, and France annexed Burgundy. Burgundy's holdings outside of France passed to Charles' daughter Marie, and her marriage to an Archduke of Austria (who later became Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor) saw the Burgundian inheritance pass to the Habsburg dynasty. See more »


Approx 1 hour in, during the showing of the news reel, where they are throwing cans and buckets in the air and the phrase 'hitting the production target' is said, one of those people are hit by a falling item with visible distress. See more »


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An endearing look at London life that is gone but not forgotten
16 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Brace yourself for a shock - according to a recently-discovered and authentic legal document that is centuries old, Brooklyn belongs to Iceland! Consequently, people travelling to and from Brooklyn must now carry a passport or visa, declare items of value at the Brooklyn Customs points, and perhaps even converse in Icelandic!

It is a similar, mind-bending assumption (with hilarious practical implications) that British viewers have to make when watching "Passport to Pimlico" (a London district near Buckingham Palace, no less). In the film, much of Pimlico (or "Burgundy" as it is now called) looks like a bomb-site, which it probably was still at that time in the aftermath of World War II.

As one of the so-called "Ealing comedies", it ranks alongside other films in this group like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and "The Lavender Hill Mob" which parody - but in an affectionate way - various aspects of British social life. Conversation is always very parochial and petty. At the same time, this film preserves certain other conventions of the time - for example, there really was a restriction on how much money people could take out of Britain which lasted until the 1970s. In "Passport to Pimlico", people travelling on the underground railway have to declare there currency at the "Burgundy" Customs points. Above all, Margaret Rutherford stands out as the unworldly history professor with sweeping convictions. This charming films preserves a way of life which, though long gone, is not forgotten.

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