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Fiendishly funny and clever, The Lavender Hill Mob is a top hat Ealing Studios effort. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower souvenirs.

Cast & Crew

Alec Guinness
Henry Holland
Stanley Holloway
Alfred Pendlebury
Sidney James
Lackery Wood
Edie Martin
Miss Evesham
Clive Morton
Station Sergeant
T.E.B. Clarke
Screenwriter
Georges Auric
Original Music
Douglas Slocombe
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Seth Holt
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Margaret Harper Nelson
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William Kellner
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Critic Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob

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Audience Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob

  • Sep 14, 2019
    A delightful heist comedy. As the complications pile up Guinness and Holloway's frantic energy becomes infectious.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2013
    Remade with Tom Hanks many years later, this is the ultimate British caper film with a very fine Guinness leading the way. A tight script produces wonders.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2010
    Alec Guinness' other heist-comedy ("The Ladykillers") might have a slight edge over this one, but funnily enough, I prefer the actual heist from this movie. Guinness is a mild-mannered bank supervisor who oversees the gold bullion shipments for the bank of England. When a frustrated artist (who makes lead paperweight replicas of the eiffel tower to sell to tourists in Paris) moves into his building, he gets an idea on how to smuggle stolen bullion out of the country. With the help of two criminal-type accomplices, the heist is planned out and executed to perfection. The police are quite perplexed and unsuspecting of Guinness, until one exceptionally clever member of scotland yard begins to suspect him. There are a few madcap chases in the movie which incorporate screwball comedy elements, but mostly the film's comedy relies on sublty rather than broad strokes. Guinness is fine, as usual, but the film itself isn't life-altering or mind-blowing in any way. Oh, it's perfectly serviceable, especially if you're looking for a mildly amusing crime-comedy, but I certainly wouldnt' call it a must-see.
    Devon B Super Reviewer

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