I'm All Right Jack. Aunt Dolly (Margaret Rutherford). Copyright: Charter Film Productions.

Margaret Rutherford


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Review: Stanley - A Man Of Variety

Deliberately disconcerting, Stanley - Man Of Variety is also frustrating and unsatisfying, each scene a curious little sketch on its own, but amounting to very little.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 15th June 2018

Get your cockles warming with this Ealing comedy, in which the inhabitants of Pimlico discover an obscure 15th-century charter that makes their manor part of Burgundy. So, in austere postwar London, Stanley Holloway and his neighbours come over all bourgeois, instituting petty little rules, such as customs controls on the tube line. A vintage delight, with none more sparkly than Margaret Rutherford's excitable history professor.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 18th September 2016

Can Passport to Pimlico predict post-Brexit Britain?

In wake of the historic vote to leave the EU, can we look to the 1949 film for a hint at what's to come?

Barry Norman, Radio Times, 9th July 2016

Noël Coward apparently fell out with director David Lean over this film adaptation of his 1941 play, but it's hard to see why. It retains all the wit of the original, and Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford give great performances. Harrison plays a novelist whose dead first wife is accidentally summoned by a medium (Rutherford) in a seance.

Clive Morgan, The Telegraph, 30th January 2013

Perhaps the most Ealing-ish of the Ealing comedies, celebrating the cosy sense of wartime togetherness recaptured when the inhabitants of Pimlico - discovering their hereditary independence from Britain - set up a restriction-free (but soon beleaguered and ration-hit) state. It's a brilliant idea whose satirical possibilities are never really explored. The film is nevertheless carried along on a wave of zany inventiveness (hit by sanctions, the 'Burgundians' promptly respond by having customs officers patrol the tube trains passing through their territory), while an amiable cast does well by TEB Clarke's genial script (especially Margaret Rutherford as the history don).

Tom Milne, Time Out, 23rd January 2012