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Sidewalks of London (1938)

St. Martin's Lane (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 15 February 1940 (USA)
On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »

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Tim Whelan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Charles Staggers
Vivien Leigh ... Liberty aka Libby
Rex Harrison ... Harley Prentiss
Larry Adler ... Constantine Dan
Tyrone Guthrie ... Gentry
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Such
Gus McNaughton ... Arthur Smith
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... Frankie
Basil Gill ... Magistrate
Helen Haye ... Selina
David Burns David Burns ... Hackett
Phyllis Stanley ... Della
Edward Lexy ... Mr. Such
Clare Greet ... Old Maud
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Doggie
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Storyline

On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, Libby, also has a talent for dancing and adds her to his act. Harley, the theater patron who never knew Libby took his gold cigarette case, is impressed by Libby's dancing and invites her to bring Charles and the other buskers in his group to an after-the-play party. Libby comes alone. A theatrical career is launched. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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When VIVIEN LEIGH swings it...and CHARLES LAUGHTON sings it...WOW! (original ad) See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidewalks of London See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Wilding according to Lewis Gilbert's memoirs was cast in the film but later replaced. See more »

Goofs

After Libby (Vivien Leigh) steals six pence from Charles's hat on the sidewalk, she runs to a food stall and orders a coffee. When she orders the coffee and "two doorsteps" her necktie is under the right side of her collar. She then walks around to the other side of the stall on now her necktie is not under the collar. See more »

Quotes

Charles Staggers: Now look 'ere, young woman!
Harley Prentiss: We've all looked everywhere.
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Opening credits start as names on a billboard. See more »

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Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988) See more »

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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
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Forgotten Classic
22 September 1999 | by peachamSee all my reviews

I cannot praise this film enough. ST. MARTIN'S LANE captures the feeling and mood of the time so well. The performances are outstanding. In one film you have 3 of the centurie's greatest actors Rex Harrison, Vivian Leigh, and Charles Laughton.

Vivian Leigh was never more fetching,gutsy or charming.not even in Gone with the wind or waterloo bridge. Harrison make the most of his typical leading man role and Laughton evokes such sympathy. it is his finest performance as well. my onlt question is why has this gem been almost forgotten? I was lucky enough to catch it on television about 8 years ago. it is only now being released on video.My advice...purchase this film,you need it in your personal collection !


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