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St. Martin's Lane / Sidewalks of London 1938 DVD - Charles Laughton / Vivien Leigh


Charles Staggers is a London street performer, or busker, with his partners, Arthur Smith and Gentry.

He protects Liberty, known as Libby, a runaway and pickpocket, when she steals a gold cigarette case from successful song writer Harley Prentiss. He takes her into their troupe, making their trio into a quartet.

Libby attracts the attention of Prentiss and his wealthy friends, who can give her a life and career away from the streets. When she leaves, cruelly rejecting Charles's marriage proposal, he doesn't want to go on with the act anymore, and becomes an alcoholic. Libby's career, however, is a big success; she is offered a Hollywood contract. She asks Prentiss to marry her but he declines, saying he doesn't want to be thrown away, like Charles, as a mere stepping stone for her career.

In the press of crowds waiting to see her as a big star, Libby sees Charles and her old partners busking on the street. Charles asks her for her autograph but the mob shoves him aside.


Charles Laughton as Charles Staggers
Vivien Leigh as Liberty (Libby)
Rex Harrison as Harley Prentiss
Larry Adler as Constantine
Tyrone Guthrie as Gentry
Gus McNaughton as Arthur Smith
Edward Lexy as Mr. Such
Maire O'Neill as Mrs. Such
Helen Haye as Selina
Cyril Smith as Black Face
Ronald Shiner as the Barman

Runtime: 85 Minutes

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Stock Code: 999