DVD Review - Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Passport to Pimlico, 1949.

Directed by Henry Cornelius.

Starring Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis, John Slater, Jane Hylton, Naunton Wayne and Hermione Baddeley.

Synopsis:

When an unexploded WWII bomb detonates in Pimlico, an ancient document is unearthed which states that the area is in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory.

When you stop to think about it, film is a fascinating thing. Especially a film like this, some 63 years old this year. Passport to Pimlico is more than a classic comedy. It stands as a historical record, not necessarily of actual events, but of an attitude. This attitude is so purposely and so definitively of its time that you hardly even need an introduction to how something like it could come about.

Almost no introduction, anyway. The film deals with the broad strokes, but a little detail won’t hurt. Britain in World War II
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