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Sidewalks of London ()

St. Martin's Lane (original title)
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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 more »

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Charles Staggers
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Liberty aka Libby
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Harley Prentiss
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Constantine Dan
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Gentry
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Such
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Arthur Smith
Polly Ward ...
Frankie
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Magistrate
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Selina
David Burns ...
Hackett
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Della
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Mr. Such
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Old Maud
Alf Goddard ...
Doggie
Cyril Smith ...
Black Face
Romilly Lunge ...
Jan Duchesi
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Jack Temperley
Carroll Gibbons ...
Himself - Orchestra Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clifford Buckton ...
Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)
Bartlett Cormack ...
Strang (uncredited)
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Libby's Dresser (uncredited)
Ronald Shiner ...
Barman (uncredited)
John Singer ...
Autograph Hunter (uncredited)
Jerry Verno ...
Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tim Whelan

Written by

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Bartlett Cormack ... (writer)
 
Clemence Dane ... (writer)
 
Charles Laughton ... (writer)
 
Erich Pommer ... (writer)
 
Tim Whelan ... (writer)

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Erich Pommer ... producer
Charles Laughton ... producer (uncredited)

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Arthur Johnston

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Jules Kruger

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Robert Hamer
Hugh Stewart

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Geoffrey Foot ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Thomas N. Morahan ... (as Tom Morahan)

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Thomas N. Morahan

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John Armstrong

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Roland Gillett ... production manager

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Philip Brandon ... assistant director

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Jack Rogerson ... sound recordist

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Gus Drisse ... camera operator

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Frederick Lewis ... music assistant (as Fred Lewis)
Muir Mathieson ... musical director
Jack Beaver ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frederick Lewis ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lionel Salter ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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Philip Buchel ... choreographer
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A Heart-Stirring Drama of Peace-Time London! (original poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • St. Martin's Lane WC2 (United Kingdom)
  • Sidewalks of London (United States)
  • Vedettes du pavé (France)
  • Callejón sin salida (Spain)
  • Ilusões Perdidas (Portugal)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia Made in London just before England's entrance into the Second World War, this film was co-produced by a refugee from Hitler - the great German producer of "Metropolis" and many other classic UFA films - Erich Pommer. It was directed by an American from Hollywood, Tim Whelan, and features another American, the great harmonica virtuoso, Larry Adler, who was to return to live in exile in England after the war when he was blacklisted in the U.S. Adler went on write and play the score for the classic English comedy Genevieve (1953). The role of the tall busker Gentry is played by Tyrone Guthrie who would be knighted and would one day become Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival and founder of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The film is edited by Robert Hamer who would go on to direct the Ealing Studio comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988). See more »
Soundtracks London Love Song See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits start as names on a billboard. See more »
Quotes Charles Staggers: There ain't no answer. You're after justice and logic. There ain't no justice, and there ain't no logic. The world ain't made that way. Everything's luck, see. And good temper. And if you can take a joke. The whole of life's a joke.
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