The Lavender Hill Mob Reviews
A really impressive script, quite brilliant performances and some genuinely interesting and inventive direction combine to make The Lavender Hill Mob one of the best British comedies you will ever see.
There is a comedy of errors that fill The Lavender Hill Mob, and I was entertained by most of it. However, unlike Kind Hearts and Coronets (another Alec Guinness film I saw recently) I just wasn't connecting with the plight of the characters. They seemed to make several bad decisions, and I wasn't laughing as much as I felt like I should be. The story is still solid, and I can see people getting a lot of enjoyment from this movie, it just didn't grab me as well as other films in this genre have in the past. One other reason you might enjoy watching this film is for the cameos of people who weren't famous at the time but would become famous later. Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Desmond Llewelyn, even Mr. Belvedere pops up in this film. Most of them have very minor appearances, but it is fun to spot familiar faces. So I will say that this is a recommend, but I wouldn't go out of your way to seek it out.
Watch for Audrey Hepburn's first major movie cameo in the opening restaurant scene!
A true classic comedy that is as much a joy to watch now as it was way back in the 50's. The pacing is perfect as there is never a dull moment because the great writing always pushes the plot forward so effortlessly, it never bogs down once. It's A genuine treat that is worth tracking down for some innocent light-hearted fun.