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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".

Director:

Henry Cornelius

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Arthur Pemberton
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Connie Pemberton
Barbara Murray ... Shirley Pemberton
Paul Dupuis ... Duke of Burgundy
John Slater ... Frank Huggins
Jane Hylton ... Molly
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Wix
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... P.C.Spiller
Roy Carr Roy Carr ... Benny Spiller
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Fred Cowan
Nancy Gabrielle Nancy Gabrielle ... Mrs. Cowan
Malcolm Knight Malcolm Knight ... Monty Cowan
Hermione Baddeley ... Edie Randall
Roy Gladdish Roy Gladdish ... Charlie Randall
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Garland
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Storyline

When an unexploded World War II bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, England, 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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Taglines:

Pimlico is the home of hilarity! To Fun! To Laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte para Pimlico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the traders invade Pimlico, a comment is made about it becoming "a spiv's paradise". A "spiv" was and is a minor criminal who deals in stolen or black market goods of questionable authenticity. "Spivs" were often well-dressed and were noted for offering goods at bargain prices, though the goods were generally not what they seemed, or had been obtained illegally. The term was particularly used for black market dealers during World War II and in the post-war period. See more »

Goofs

There are border checks on the London Underground at 'Burgundy', but it didn't serve Pimlico at the time that this film was made. See more »

Quotes

Edie Randall: Here's to the Burgundy Lido!
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Crazy Credits

The opening/closing credits are written on a scroll, like the documents found in the bomb crater. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Run for Your Money (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Chaos
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
"Siege of Burgundy" newsreel in cinema
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charming and wacky old British film
10 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I commend pictures that try something different. Many films just seem like re-treads of old ideas, so that is the big reason I so strongly recommend Passport to Pimlico.

The movie is set just after WW2 and the post-war shortages and rationing seem to be driving Londoners "barmy". The film centers on a tiny neighborhood in London called Pimlico. They, too, are sick of not being able to buy what they want but can see no way out of it. That is until they accidentally stumble upon a hidden treasure and a charter which officially named this neighborhood as a sovereign nation many hundreds of years ago! With this document, they reason, they can bypass all the rationing and coupons and live life just as they want, since it turns out they really AREN'T British subjects! Where the movie goes from there and how the crisis is ultimately resolved is something you'll need to see for yourselves. Leave it up the brilliant minds of Ealing Studios to come up with this gem!


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