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A Secret History Of Passport To Pimlico
Behind the scenes on the Ealing classic

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Back in Lambeth, irate locals were eventually becalmed and the cameras started rolling. The next challenge was Cornelius’s temper. The Luftwaffe bomb wasn’t the only thing on the set with a fuse, as blasts of irritation from the notoriously perfectionist director became commonplace. Murray, 18 years old and working on her first film, suffered especially at the hands of ‘Corny’. “He was an extraordinary man but very, very difficult,” remembers the actress. “He had a vicious tongue and he would humiliate you in front of the extras. He and Michael Balcon used to have the most terrible set-tos at the studio, which I used to secretly enjoy because you love to see a bully taken down.”

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