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Passport to Pimlico (1949) was a Comedy Film directed by Henry Cornelius and produced by Michael Balcon and E.V.H. Emmett.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingT. E. B. ClarkeNominated

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Ealing Comedy #3: Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949)

By Virginie Pronovost on Dec 20, 2022 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Our exploration of the comedies produced by Ealing Studios continues today with what I consider a true classic of the series:?Passport to Pimlico?(Henry Cornelius, 1949). Interestingly, that was Cornelius’s first film! Sadly, his career was noticeably short, as he passed away at the very young... Read full article

Passport to Pimlico (1949)

By Beatrice on Jun 19, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Passport to Pimlico Directed by Henry Cornelius Written by T.E.B Clarke 1949/UK J. Arthur Rank Organization/Ealing Studios First viewing/YouTube This is a very funny film. ?I’ll bet it was even funnier to weary post-war British audiences. Pimlico is a tight-knit London working-class neighbo... Read full article

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Edie Randall: Here's to the Burgundy Lido!

Straker: Do you think we shall get more than two main dishes?
Gregg: Oh, I hope so. I haven't had a good feed since that last deadlock in Moscow.

Professor Hatton-Jones: Forgive me - are you a bleeder? When you cut yourself, do you bleed interminably?

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The original negatives of this and other Ealing comedies were lost in the Henderson's Film Laboratories fire in 1993.
When the traders invade Pimlico, a comment is made about it becoming 'a spiv's paradise'. A spiv is/was a minor criminal who dealt in stolen or black market goods of questionable authenticity. Spivs were often well-dressed and were noted for offering goods at bargain prices, though the goods were generally not what they seemed or had been obtained illegally. The term was particularly common used for black-market dealers during the Second World War and in the post-war period.
The last Duke of Burgundy was Charles de Valois, otherwise known as Charles "The Rash" or "The Bold" or "The Terrible. The 44-year-old Duke was killed in the Swiss War in 1477, and France annexed Burgundy. Burgundy's holdings outside of France passed to Charles' daughter Marie, and her marriage to an Archduke of Austria (who later became Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor) saw the Burgundian inheritance pass to the Habsburg dynasty.
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