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The first of the famous Ealing comedies produced under the supervision of Sir Michael Balcon (1949), this little gem directed by Henry Cornelius manages to parody the not-so-funny situations of postwar England and divided Berlin, while at the same time poking fun at the archaic system of vested interests and status quo proprieties in England. Fish-shop proprietor Stanley Holloway unearths an ancient treaty establishing Pimlico (a section of London) as part of Burgundy (thus not subject either to British licensing laws or to rationing), and the inhabitants cheerfully proceed to make monkeys out of Whitehall. A treat. With Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley, and Raymond Huntly. 85 min.

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