Ealing Comedy Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 28/04/2003
  |  240 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A triple bill of Ealing comedies 'Hue and Cry' (1946) was the first of the comedies to come out of Ealing Studios. A bunch of crooks use a comic paper, featuring stories penned by Felix H. Wilkinson (Alastair Sim), to pass on coded messages for robberies. When the comic's readership, a bunch of East End boys, discover what's going on they go to the police. The local constabulary, however, are no help, and so the plucky lads set out to foil the robbers themselves. In 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949) an unexploded bomb goes off in Pimlico, uncovering documents which reveal that this part of London in fact belongs to Burgundy in France. An automonous state is set up in a spirit of optimism, but the petty squabbles of everyday life soon shatter the Utopian vision of a non-restrictive nation. This classic earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. Whilst 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' (1952) is about a group of villagers who, angered by British Rail's decision to close down their local branch line, make a bid to run the service themselves, making use of an antique locomotive liberated from a local museum.