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Sidewalks of London (1938) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Tim Whelan and produced by Charles Laughton and Erich Pommer.

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Sidewalks of London (1938)

By Lindsey on Dec 19, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Image: lakelandelements) Libby (Vivien Leigh) is a skilled young pickpocket who becomes a street performer, working with friends on the streets of London. The group scrapes together just enough money for cheap housing and a bit of food. Libby soon catches the attention of Harley Prentiss (Rex Harri... Read full article


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Charles Staggers: There ain't no answer. You're after justice and logic. There ain't no justice, and there ain't no logic. The world ain't made that way. Everything's luck, see. And good temper. And if you can take a joke. The whole of life's a joke.


Charles Staggers: Now look 'ere, young woman!
Harley Prentiss: We've all looked everywhere.


Liberty 'Libby': Just a minute! Look here, mister, who does this lovely world belong to, eh? To the people who live on it, you say? Well, I'm one of them. And I've got just the same taste as all the rest. You should be surprised. I get hungry. I get thirsty. I get cold. I enjoy smoke and a permanent wave, and whatever I can get in the way of extras. And why shouldn't I have them?


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Made in London just before England's entrance into the Second World War, this film was co-produced by a refugee from Hitler - the great German producer of "Metropolis" and many other classic UFA films - 'Eric Pommer'. It was directed by an American from Hollywood, Tim Whelan, and features another American, the great harmonica virtuoso, 'Larry Adler', who was to return to live in exile in England after the war when he was blacklisted in the U.S. Adler went on write and play the score for the classic English comedy Genevieve. The role of the tall busker Gentry is played by Tyrone Guthrie who would be knighted and would one day become Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival and founder of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The film is edited by Robert Hamer who would go on to direct the Ealing Studio comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onFebruary 12, 1940 with Charles Laughton reprising his film role.
Michael Wilding according to Lewis Gilbert's memoirs was cast in the film but later replaced.
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