Passport To Pimlico. Copyright: Studio Canal.

Passport To Pimlico

1949 British comedy film about Pimlico belonging to Burgundy. Stars Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis, John Slater and others.

On TV tomorrow at 7:15pm on TPTV

Passport To Pimlico.

Passport To Pimlico

Ealing comedy about a legal technicality which leads the residents of Pimlico to discover that they are not part of England but Burgundy

Genre
Film
Released
1949
Starring
Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis, John Slater, Jane Hylton, Raymond Huntley, Philip Stainton and others
Writer
T.E.B. Clarke
Director
Henry Cornelius
Producer
Michael Balcon

After falling down a hole caused by unexploded bomb accidentally blowing up, Pimlico shopkeeper Arthur Pemberton (Stanley Holloway) discovers some long forgotten treasure which includes a scroll. When translated it is revealed to be a never-revoked charter stating that Pimlico is not in fact English soil, but part of the Duchy of Burgundy.

The residents of Pimlico discover that they are free from English laws such as rationing, licencing hours and Sunday trading. However, things become problematic when the Burgundians try to deal with England. The result is that England leaves the Burgundians completely isolated. They are not going to give up easily, but England looks rosier by the minute when they low on food and water.

Production Details

Tagline
French goings-on in the heart of London
UK certificate
U
Duration
81 minutes
Release date
Saturday 16th April 1949
Production companies
Picture
Black and white
Soundtrack
Music composed by Georges Auric, played by The Philharmonia Orchestra, and conducted by Ernest Irving.
Laugh track
None

Location

Supporters and subscribers get more

See more by becoming a Supporter or BCG Pro subscriber
This content is exclusive to BCG Pro subscribers and BCG Supporters. Join them and get extra features including location and/or recording details.
Already a donor or subscriber? Sign in

Broadcast details

Upcoming repeats
  1. Tomorrow at 7:15pm on TPTV

Website links