Film / Passport to Pimlico
A comedy film made by Ealing Studios
in 1949, starring Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford, and directed by Henry Cornelius.
When an unexploded World War II
bomb is accidentally set off, in the working class Pimlico district of central London, documents are uncovered proving, that the area is part of the Duchy of Burgundy, and thus foreign territory. The locals are glad of the opportunity to declare independence, from the bureaucracy, and austerity of post-war Britain
. The British government, in response, sets up border controls, and export restrictions in an attempt, to starve the Burgundians into submission. Hilarity Ensues
The film was a big influence on the 1959 comedy The Mouse That Roared.
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