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Passport to Pimlico [1949]

Director:Henry Cornelius
Writer:T.E.B. Clarke
Composer:Georges Auric
Length:70 minutes
(1 hour 10 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Reaction: An odd idea. Rather unique

Personal Rating: 7/10

Henry Cornelius => Director
T.E.B. Clarke => Writer
Georges Auric => Composer
Barbara Murray => Shirley Pemberton
Betty Warren => Connie Pemberton
Charles Hawtrey => Bert Fitch
Frederick Piper => Garland
Hermione Baddeley => Edie Randall
Jane Hylton => Molly
John Slater => Frank Huggins
Malcolm Knight => Monty Cowan
Margaret Rutherford => Professor Hatton-Jones
Nancy Gabrielle => Mrs. Cowan
Paul Dupuis => Duke of Burgundy
Philip Stainton => P.C.Spiller
Raymond Huntley => Mr. Wix
Roy Carr => Benny Spiller
Roy Gladdish => Charlie Randall
Stanley Holloway => Arthur Pemberton
Sydney Tafler => Fred Cowan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The last Duke of Burgundy (of the Valois family) was [?] Charles VII, otherwise known as "The Rash" or "The Bold". He died in 1477 at the age of 44, at which time France annexed Burgundy. The title was passed to his daughter, and her marriage to an Archduke of Austria saw the Burgundian inheritance pass to the Habsburg dynasty.
  • Shirley's comment, "We'll fight them on the tramlines, we'll fight them in the local ..." is a take on Winston Churchill's famous wartime speech, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills..."
  • A placard can be seen, reading "Forget that Cripps feeling": this refers to [?] Stafford Cripps, then-Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • At the start of the film a radio announcement mentions Latin music performed by "Les Norman and his Bethnal Green Bambinos". This is an in-joke referring to Ealing producer [?] Leslie Norman. Bethnal Green was an unattractive area in the East End of London.
  • The part of Prof. Hatton-Jones was written as a man and was offered to some male performers before it was decided to make the role female, and Margaret Rutherford was cast.