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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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Hear Laughton recite Kupling's 'IF'...as only Laughton Can! (original poster) 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its earliest documented USA telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 11 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Sunday 25 September 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Sunday 9 October 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), in Atlanta Wednesday 19 October 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Philadelphia Sunday 18 December 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Friday 3 February 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). 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: I want to marry you! Will you get that?
Liberty 'Libby': What!
Charles Staggers: That's it!
Liberty 'Libby': Marry you, Joe? Have you gone out of your mind? I mean you had better look in the frying pan, hadn't you?
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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 »

Soundtracks

Pennies from Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston and words by Johnny Burke
Performed by buskers - Arthur and Gentry
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There was a time before evil and a time before death...
1 January 2003 | by mayo2338See all my reviews

Vivian Leigh charms and beguiles as does Charles Laughton and Rex Harrison,all of them in their innocence and unaffected excellence. A needful but blithe and hopeful era in London, after the internecine slaughter of World War I and the unimaginable evil of World War II and the Holocaust. To experience these three and others in a blitheful , happy episode of innocent merriment will uplift thee.


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