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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'.

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Betty Warren ...
Barbara Murray ...
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John Slater ...
Frank Huggins
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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 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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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

At the start of the film a radio announcement mentions Latin music performed by "Les Norman and his Bethnal Green Bambinos". This is an in-joke referring to Ealing producer Leslie Norman. Bethnal Green was an unattractive area in the East End of London. See more »

Goofs

The skywriting plane describes a loop to the left in close-up but when we see the whole message "Stick it out" there are no such loops. See more »

Quotes

Frederick Albert 'Fred' Cowan: You can't push English people around like sacks of potatoes.
Jim Garland: English?
Connie Pemberton: Don't you come that stuff, Jim Garland! We always were English, and we'll always be Englsh, and it's just because we are English that we're sticking up for our rights to be Burgundians!
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Dedicated to the memory of Clothing Coupons and Ration cards. See more »


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Music from the Movies
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Music by Louis Levy
Main and end titles of Gaumont-British Newsreel in cinema
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Next Stop, Burgundy!
17 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

This very funny British comedy shows what might happen if a section of London, in this case Pimlico, were to declare itself independent from the rest of the UK and its laws, taxes & post-war restrictions. Merry mayhem is what would happen.

The explosion of a wartime bomb leads to the discovery of ancient documents which show that Pimlico was ceded to the Duchy of Burgundy centuries ago, a small historical footnote long since forgotten. To the new Burgundians, however, this is an unexpected opportunity to live as they please, free from any interference from Whitehall.

Stanley Holloway is excellent as the minor city politician who suddenly finds himself leading one of the world's tiniest nations. Dame Margaret Rutherford is a delight as the history professor who sides with Pimlico. Others in the stand-out cast include Hermione Baddeley, Paul Duplis, Naughton Wayne, Basil Radford & Sir Michael Hordern.

Welcome to Burgundy!


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