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Passport to Pimlico (1949)

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Passport to Pimlico is one of the most charmingly whimsical Ealing Studios comedies of the late 1940s-early 1950s. As a result of wartime bombing, an ancient parchment is uncovered, proving that the Pimlico section of London belongs to Burgundy, France. Long taken for granted by other Londoners, the tiny Pimlico populace decides to take advantage of its "foreign" status.

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

T.E.B. Clarke

Apr 5, 2005

Eagle-Lion Films

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

Sustained, lightweight comedy scoring a continual succession of laughs.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A treat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A worthy restoration and a reminder of a (short) period when Britain were world leaders of thoughtful film comedy.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An entertaining effort from the Ealing studios that sadly hasn't proved as enduring as its peers.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fresh comedy with some well-aimed satirical arrows from producer Balcon's Ealing Studios, famous for their sophisticated, irreverent comedies.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Passport to Pimlico

Passport to Pimlico is classic Ealing Comedy. It was one of the first so it may be a little rough round the edges compared to the films that came after but the cast is brilliant; Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley, Margaret Rutherford, Michael Hordern, Harry Locke and a rather young Charles Hawtrey to name a few. The best of British comedy (and Hammer Horror come to think of it). The story still stands today though, it's particularly clever, very witty and thoroughly British. I love it. The best line of the Film: "We always were English, and we'll always be English, and it's just because we are English that we're sticking up for our rights to be Burgundians!"
November 5, 2013
SirPant

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"Passport to Pimlico" starts innocently enough on a sweltering day in London, or as innocently as it can with an unexploded bomb in the vicinity. That's okay because the authorities have decided to leave it alone for now. And then having a bit of fun, a bunch of boys accidentally set it off, with thankfully no injuries. At least, until Arthur Pemberton(Stanley Holloway), a shopkeeper, stumbles down the hole to get a closer look and thinks he sees treasure. That is confirmed later when he and his daughter Shirley(Barbara Murray) have a closer look. They get even more information when Professor Hatton-Jones(the always delightful Margaret Rutherford) testifies at the inquest including one big surprise.

"Passport to Pimlico" is a funny bit of nonsense, albeit one that has some grounding in reality, from its slow start in the reality of post-war London(the movie is actually dedicated to ration books) to historical discoveries lying just underneath the ground.(Considering they just discovered the remains of Richard III, anything is possible, right?) And as much as it may feel like the movie is getting out of hand later, it is grounded in a remarkably astute Cold War satire that is still relevant today, as it possibly foresees free trade zones. After all, what can be sillier than borders that keep people apart?
September 8, 2013
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Walter M.

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I found the film a little dated and not as skillfully shot as later classic Ealing films but I enjoyed the central idea around the film and the lengths the members of Pimlico go to in order to make a stand against England. Maybe not as 'funny' as other well known Ealing films (The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts and Coronets for example) this is still an enjoyable British film made long before Richard Curtis started churning them out.
February 4, 2012
David Sayers

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When it comes to Brit movies I prefer ones from the 60s but this was actually alright and better than I expected. Margaret Rutherford was rather funny too.
February 6, 2008
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