Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Feature
A Secret History Of Passport To Pimlico
Behind the scenes on the Ealing classic

submit to reddit

For British cinema, 1949 was an annus mirabilis. It was the year of The Third Man and the year that Ealing Studios, under the watchful eye of Sir Michael Balcon, released not one but three comic masterpieces: Kind Hearts And Coronets, Whisky Galore! and Passport To Pimlico.

Funny and gently satirical in that arch way Ealing perfected, ‘Pimlico’ was arguably the smallest leap from the studio’s wartime propaganda efforts – at least in terms of its bomb-blasted location and the barbed wire twisting around its perimeter. In this case, though, the wire wasn’t to keep Jerry in but furious locals out. Cast member Barbara Murray took up the story when Empire delved into the Ealing archives...

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  1 of 9 Next
A Secret History Of Passport To Pimlico |

If gems were rolling off the Ealing production line in 1949, there was little initial confidence that Passport To Pimlico would be one of them. Barbara Murray, who plays Shirley Pemberton in the film, recalls plenty of on-set anxieties. “The rumour was that it was a bummer,” she explains. The problem wasn’t the story – a tale involving unexploded bombs, parchment McGuffins and a small corner of London that would be forever Burgundy – so much as director Henry Cornelius’s overruns. “There was an awful lot of friction between Cornelius (pictured) and Michael Balcon,” Murray explains. “It was supposed to take six weeks to make. I think it took six months.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
 
1 of 9
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 The Eagle has Landed is remake of Passport to Pimilco...
...is it not? More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 13:19


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

The Oscars: Who Won What?
The winners, the losers, the dresses, the suits...

The Empire Podcast Oscars 2015 Special
The team's take on the 87th Academy Awards

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Robert Downey Jr. On Age Of Ultron
Tomorrow: Mark Ruffalo talks Bruce Banner...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)