Cosy, likeable and poking mild fun at authority, Passport To Pimlico is the archetypal Ealing comedy.
In post-war austerity Britain, an unearthed document shows that the London district of Pimlico is in fact part of Burgundy.
Led by local grocer Stanley Holloway, the inhabitants throw off rationing, currency restriction and all the shackles of bureaucracy. Cue restrained mayhem and little-England jokes: “It’s because we’re British that we’re sticking up for our right to be Burgundian!”
An inventive script by Ealing veteran T.E.B. Clarke underpins the film’s faded but still genial charm.