Passport to Pimlico

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The accidental explosion of an undetonated German bomb left over from World War II unearths a long-buried cellar containing both fabulous riches and a previously unknown royal charter from King Edward IV that cedes the surrounding land to the last Duke of Burgundy. Since the charter has never been rescinded, the London district of Pimlico is now legally the long-lost Duchy of Burgundy, and therefore no longer subject to British law, including postwar rationing and pub closure hours.

Cast & Crew

Stanley Holloway
Arthur Pemberton
Margaret Rutherford
Professor Hatton-Jones
Paul Dupuis
Duke of Burgundy
Raymond Huntley
Mr. Wix
Betty Warren
Connie Pemberton
Barbara Murray
Shirley Pemberton
T.E.B. Clarke
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Critic Reviews for Passport to Pimlico

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Audience Reviews for Passport to Pimlico

  • Sep 08, 2013
    "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?
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    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.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    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.
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  • Oct 06, 2007
    i was going to watch a film about the cuban missile crisis but the same evening i decided to watch this instead. it turned out to be just as if not more enlightening plus it had some comedy to go with it. it's a case study in what democracy is. all new burgandy was missing in this tale of fiction was some russian missiles, especially as it was set in the cold war era. enjoyable and educational
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