The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
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Charles Crichton directed this Ealing caper comedy, with a witty script by T.E.B. Clarke that won an Academy Award. Alec Guinness is Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to reward himself by stealing one million pounds worth of gold. Calling on his old friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of Cockney
Jun 26, 1951 Wide
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Charles Crichton's direction is subtle but inventive - check out the snaking, near-single-take opening in a Rio cabana - and the performances, writing and plotting are faultless.
You are left wanting more rather than thinking less would have been better.
It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers...
Both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today's summer blockbusters.
Inflation may have dented the allure of its 1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold.
Alec Guinness received a well deserved Oscar nomination for this hilarious British comedy
The real joy of the movie is less about the caper than these two invisible, workaday men discovering the thrills of attempting something extraordinary - even if it is felonious.
All time classic Guiness comedy.
The genre of the caper-gone-wrong crime comedy may have been invented circa 1950 in Ealing Studios Mob avoids most of what became the clichés of the genre.
Alec Guinness was great before Star Wars.
Delightful if mostly forgettable farce about an unexpected robbery, with nimble if showy multiple performance by Alec Guinness.
An amusingly giddy heist flick.
A wonderful, fun classic, not to be missed.
Funny, but not one of Ealing's best.
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