Passport to Pimlico

  • U
  • Henry Cornelius (1949)
  • UK
  • 81 min
Passport to Pimlico
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The cosiest of the Ealing comedies, this is essentially a one-joke affair that is spun out with masterly skill by that most gifted teller of shaggy-dog stories, TEB Clarke, who received an Oscar nomination for his story and screenplay. Once local historian Margaret Rutherford discovers that the Pimlico area of London belongs to the Duchy of Burgundy, the scene could have been set for a sniping satire on the state of postwar England. Clarke and director Henry Cornelius's decision to cock only the gentlest of snooks at such bugbears as rationing and the breakdown of wartime camaraderie is slightly disappointing, but the majority of the situations are ingenious, and the cast is top quality.

Plot Summary

Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford. When the residents of a small area of London discover that it is historically part of Burgundy in France, new borders are drawn up and a government is formed.

Cast and crew


Arthur Pemberton
Stanley Holloway
Professor Hatton-Jones
Margaret Rutherford
Basil Radford
Naunton Wayne
Edie Randall
Hermione Baddeley
Frank Huggins
John Slater
Connie Pemberton
Betty Warren
Shirley Pemberton
Barbara Murray
Duke of Burgundy
Paul Dupuis
Jane Hylton
Mr Wix
Raymond Huntley


Henry Cornelius

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Aug 2002
Certificate U