Passport to Pimlico

French Goings-On in the Heart of London.
Passport to Pimlico
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 9, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Reel Vault
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Screenplay by
Composition by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I thought that since the treasure is the spoils of war I'd pass it over to the War Office." -- Foreign Office (Naunton Wayne).
"They wouldn't touch it. These people are aliens. It's your pigeon." -- Home Office (Basil Radford).
"But they're undesirable aliens. It's your pigeon."
  - Foreign Office (Naunton Wayne).
"Do you think we shall get more than two main dishes'" -- Foreign Office (Naunton Wayne).
"Oh, I hope so. I haven't had a good meal since that last deadlock in Moscow."
  - Home Office (Basil Radford).
"We're back in Britain."
  - Prime Minister (Stanley Holloway).

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 1,537
Sustained, lightweight comedy scoring a continual succession of laughs. Full Review
Jan 11, 2008
Every line, every "gag", is a little masterpiece of wit; each character, and indeed every individual member of the lengthy cast, provides a gem of comedy acting at its highest and best. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 7, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- An entertaining effort from the Ealing studios that sadly hasn't proved as enduring as its peers. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Jun 3, 2012
...The quintessential tale of a small community fighting back against the bureaucrats...
Sight and Sound
Jul 1, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- A worthy restoration and a reminder of a (short) period when Britain were world leaders of thoughtful film comedy. Full Review
Little White Lies
Jun 5, 2012
A treat. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3/4 -- A fresh comedy with some well-aimed satirical arrows from producer Balcon's Ealing Studios, famous for their sophisticated, irreverent comedies. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 11, 2008

Product Description:

A classic British comedy, PASSPORT TO PIMLICO satirizes the bureaucracy of postwar England, primarily the policy of rationing that was necessary as the economy recovered its footing. In Pimlico, a neighborhood of London, the accidental explosion of a left-over bomb reveals a cache of treasure and papers declaring the area is technically a part of Burgundy, and therefore separate from England. The residents, tired of postwar rationing and other problems, declare independence. At first flush with the feeling of freedom, they soon realize that surviving as their own state will be more difficult than they realized. Screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke received an Academy Award nomination for his script.

Plot Synopsis:

When the residents of the Pimlico section of London discover that their neighborhood is historically part of the French duchy of Burgundy, they declare independence from Britain. They even set up customs' checkpoints for passengers travelling through Pimlico station on the London Underground. Initially, they're delighted at the turn of events, which means no more wartime shortages or government rationing. But when they get hit by food and water shortages of their own, Britain starts looking rosier by the minute.


Production Notes:

  • Additional cast: Betty Warren (Connie Pemberton), Roy Carr (Benny), Stuart Lindsell (Coroner).
  • Additional credits: E.V.H. Emmett (executive producer - Ealing).
  • This film was based on a newspaper story concerning the Canadian government.

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  • UPC: 644827223824
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