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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte para Pimlico  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the traders invade Pimlico, a comment is made about it becoming "a spiv's paradise". A spiv is/was a minor criminal who dealt in stolen or black-market goods of questionable authenticity. Spivs were often well-dressed and were noted for offering goods at bargain prices, though the goods were generally not what they seemed or had been obtained illegally. The term was particularly used for black-market dealers during the Second World War and in the post-war period. See more »

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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: I've had the police after me.
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Soundtracks

Knees Up Mother Brown
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Written by Harris Weston and Bert Lee
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Wonderful whimsy
31 August 2002 | by (Mountain View, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a boy living in Chelsea (next door to Pimlico) and found it utterly charming. Curious, isn't it, how a film that one appreciated so long ago should remain firmly embedded in the memory. Other critics and reviewers have discussed the plot and actors, so there is no point in repeating their revelations. I would say, though, that it reminds me, in retrospect, of THE MOUSE THAT ROARED in its approach to the, ahem, inconsistencies of life. And it brought Post WWII London to life with clarity and power, with cinematography and dialogue that were entirely to the point. My complaint, now that I live in the U.S., is why the **** we can't get this film on VHS or DVD for enjoyment here. Much like that other spectacular comedy of a few years later, GENEVIEVE.


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