Passport to Pimlico (1949): Classic British Comedy from Ealing Studio

Directed by Henry Cornelius, who collaborated on the Oscar nominated script with T. E. B. Clarke, Passport to Pimlico is one of the most charmingly whimsical Ealing Studios comedies of the golden age (late 1940s and early 1950s).

After a wartime bombing, an ancient parchment is uncovered, proving that the Pimlico section of London belongs to Burgundy, France.

Long taken for granted by other Londoners, the tiny Pimlico populace decides to take advantage of its “foreign” status.

The secondary cast includes Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley, Margaret Rutherford, and Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, who are hilarious as British Bureaucrats.


Oscar Nominations: 1

Story and Screenplay: T.E. B. Clarke

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of Story and Screenplay Oscar was Robert Pirosh for the WWII combat film, Battleground.