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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 crooks, Lackery (Sidney James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass), they conspire to lift a gold shipment. After absconding with the gold, Henry melts the gold into a collection of souvenir Eiffel Towers, which he then ships off to Paris. But chaos reigns when a group of English schoolgirls purchase the gold towers, and the gang now become embroiled in a wild goose chase to recover their stolen gold. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: T.E.B. Clarke
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On DVD: Sep 10, 2002


Alec Guinness
as Henry Holland
Stanley Holloway
as Alfred Pendelbury
Sidney James
as Lackery Wood
Alfie Bass
as Shorty Fisher
Edie Martin
as Miss Evesham
John Salew
as Parkin
Clive Morton
as Station Sergeant
Frederick Piper
as Cafe Owner
Peter Bull
as Joe the Gab
Marie Burke
as Senora Gallardo
William Fox
as Gregory
Ann Heffernan
as Kiosk Girl
Eugene Deckers
as Customs Official
Paul Demel
as Customs Official
Tony Quinn
as Deputy Commander
Christopher Hewett
as Inspector Talbot
Meredith Edwards
as P.C. Williams
Patrick Barr
as Inspector
David Davies
as City Policeman
Andrea Malandrinos
as Customs Official
Moultrie Kelsall
as Detective Superinten...
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Critic Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Inventive, economic, masterly.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Observer [UK]

You are left wanting more rather than thinking less would have been better.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011
This is London

It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers...

Full Review… | July 21, 2011

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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Daily Telegraph

[A] superb and subtle crime-film spoof.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob

Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

The Lavender Hill Mob, one of the Ealing Studios classics was definitely amusing and had a few hysterical moments, but I didn't love it. The humor was witty and drier than Kafka in the Sahara. The movie has a reputation of being an absolute laugh riot (at least from what I've heard) but I didn't feel like the movie lived up to that expectation. Alec Guinness was as always superb, but the movie was nothing to flip out over. The 30 seconds of a young Audrey Hepburn definitely helped though...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Brilliant Ealing comedy, this pitch-perfect crime caper stars Alec Guinness in one of his finest performances, a timid clerk who decides to claim himself a fortune with a motely crew including Ealing mainstay Stanley Holloway. The film is probably the template for all bungling crime films, but mercifully lacks the slapstick of its imitators. Pacy and highly comical, this is definately worth your while. Watch out as well for Audrey Hpburn's tiny role as Chiquita in the first scene as well!

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

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