Passport to Pimlico (1949)

84m 21s
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Henry Cornelius.

Plot Summary

The detonation of an unexploded World War II bomb in the Pimlico district of unearths ancient documents that reveal a strange truth about the area – it is, in fact, part of Burgundy in France and doesn't belong to Britain at all. The locals declare their independence and the British government retaliate by establishing border controls and isolating the new Burgundians – but they have different ideas…


Directed by: Henry Cornelius
Copyright MCMXLIX [1949] by Ealing Studios Limited
The J. Arthur Rank Organisation presents an Ealing Studios production
Produced by: Michael Balcon
Associate Producer: E.V.H. Emmett
Original Screenplay by: T.E.B. Clarke
Director of Photography: Lionel Banes
Editor: Michael Truman
Music Composed by: Georges Auric
[Sound] Recordist: Arthur Bradburn
Costume Designer: Anthony Mendleson
Make-up: Ernest Taylor
Hair Styles: Barbara Barnard
Art Director: Roy Oxley
Made at Ealing Studios, London, England
Locations: Hercules Road, Lambeth, London, England, UK; Holborn Viaduct, London, England, UK; Lambeth, London, England, UK; Piccadilly, London, England, UK; Vauxhall, London, England, UK; Westminster Bridge, London, England, UK; Whitehall, London, England, UK [all uncredited]
Dedicated to the memory of [image of clothing coupons and ration cards]

Stanley Holloway (Arthur Pemberton)
Hermione Baddeley (Edie Randall)
Margaret Rutherford (Professor Hatton-Jones)
Paul Dupuis (Duke of Burgundy)
Raymond Huntley (Wix)
John Slater (Frank Huggins)
Jane Hylton (Molly)
Betty Warren (Connie Pemberton)
Barbara Murray (Shirley Pemberton)
Sydney Tafler (Fred Cowan)
Frederick Piper (Garland)
Philip Stainton (PC Spiller)
Charles Hawtrey (Bert Fitch)
Basil Radford (Gregg)
Naunton Wayne (Straker)

Alternative Titles

Blockade in London
Passport nach Pimlico
– Austria
Paß nach Pimlico
– Germany
Biljett till Burgund
– Sweden



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.44
  • CinémAction no.115 (2005) whole issue (France) – illustrated article (Passeport pour Pimlico. Quand l'utopie flirtait avec la comédie anglaise by Marion Poirson-Dechonne)
  • Classic Television no.5 (June/July 1998) pp.10-25 – article (British Film: The Classic Television top 100)
  • Film Industry vol.6 no.47 (5 May 1949) p.14 – credits, review by K.R.
  • Film Review no.621 (August 2002) pp.74-75 – review (Ealing Studios' 100th Anniversary by Ben Woodhams)
  • The Film User vol.4 no.50 (December 1950) p.713 – review
  • Flickers no.107 (August 1998) pp.15, 24 – article (Production aspects of Passport to Pimlico by Bernard King)
  • Image et Son no.55 (July 1952) – detailed fiche I.D.H.E.C. fiche 49
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.177 no.2 (8 October 1949) – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.14 no.9 (September 2004) pp.97-98 – DVD review (Homemovies: reviews by Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Today's Cinema vol.72 no.5794 (26 April 1949) p.5 – review
  • Visual Culture in Britain vol.5 no.2 (2004) pp.27-40 – article (Uncanny landscapes in British film and television by Peter Hutchings)


Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2015 p.43 – illustrated listing
  • BFI South Bank Apr-May 20204 p.9 – illustrated listing