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March 4, 2013
Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.
February 28, 2013
Classic, funny and a masterpiece.
½ December 28, 2012
Highly enjoyable comedy in which we hear the story of Henry Holland (Alec Guinness), who is hosting a party (of which a gorgeous young woman played by Audrey Hepburn is in attendance) and telling of how he got his riches. A former transporter of gold bullions, Henry decides that the wants a reward, so he, his associate Alfred (Stanley Holloway), and several others decide to transport the gold as miniature replicas of Eiffel Towers and steal them in the process. It works and escape scheme is hatched when Henry is made to look like a victim of the ordeal. It is believed he and the others get away with this alleged mastery crime, only to have it blow up his face by the end. Very amusing movie from start to finish, with wonderful performances by both Holloway and Guinness. One of three popular comedies between 1949 and 1955 starring Guinness (the other two being "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and "The Ladykillers") and it is nice to see that all of these films are splendid and have not dated badly one bit.
½ December 26, 2012
A good British heist film.
November 27, 2012
Good, but don't remember it very well.
½ November 13, 2012
Another of Guinness' classic portrayals.
September 15, 2012
Give this oldie a chance, if you like your crime capers on the slightly comic side.
½ July 16, 2012
Ealing Studios really can't do anything wrong, Alec Guiness is simply amazing and steals the show as he does in virtually everything he's in. Wonderfully crafted film.
½ July 14, 2012
Billed in the Daily mail as the TV movie of the week. Sure it was a good movie, but 'come on' it's a bit old for that. It was enjoyable enough, short and sweet, and the background of 50's London and Paris was a pleasuable. Good movie, but DM needs a younger broader minded TV reviewer
June 10, 2012
Ealing loones, silly as ever and what a cast (see them all).
May 10, 2012
A jolly little Ealing crime-heist caper with Alec Guiness. Great for rainy days
½ May 9, 2012
Good heist movie with a young(er) Alec Guiness. Quite enjoyed the ending.
May 2, 2012
I love Fish Called Wanda and I always wanted to see Charles Crichton's classic comedy. It was funny, unique and exciting. But some jokes were old style, so I didn't get it sometimes... Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway were great! and nice ending! I had a great time!
April 24, 2012
Written by T.E.B. Clarke and directed by Charles Crichton, (The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953), The Battle of the Sexes (1959) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988)), this is a hilarious crime comedy with a good double act at heart, with some brilliant set pieces and a good plot. Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) is a bank clerk who has been in charge of the deliveries of gold bullion, and he always panics when it looks like someone is following the van that the gold bullion travels in. Bored in his job, he wishes to retire, and it's when he meets fellow lodger Alfred Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), who runs a foundry that makes novelty souvenirs, such as models of the Eiffel Tower. Holland comes up with a plan to stage a robbery, melt the gold bullion down and make them into models of the Eiffel Tower, and ship them to Paris where they'll sell them on the black market. They recruit two crooks, Lackery Wood (Sid James) and Shorty Fisher (Alfie Bass) to help them with the robbery, which goes well at first, but as soon as it ends up in Paris, their best laid plans seem to go awry, especially when the model towers are accidentally sold to schoolgirls from England. It's a great idea for a film, with a seemingly perfect crime, Guinness and Holloway make a good pairing as the banker and foundry forger who see the plan through, there's some good moments in this, from the chase down the stairs of the Eiffel Tower to the final chase. They certainly don't make them like they used to.
½ April 7, 2012
The Lavender Hill Mob is a decent film. It is about a meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eifel Towers. Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway give good performances. The script is okay but seems to drag a little bit. Charles Crichton did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture but not one of my favorites.
March 23, 2012
Pretty slick crime film. A lot of British humor, but it's really pretty good.
½ January 12, 2012
Classic Ealing heist comedy, with Alec Guinness as the perfect anti-hero you can't quite work out if you like or not.
January 10, 2012
I've heard this is the best Ealing Comedy ever, which sounded like a boast akin to 'the highest mountain in Holland', but this one is actually very entertaining. I wouldn't go as far as to call it much of a comedy, but the plot brings a mild smirk now and again. The scene at the Eiffel Tower and the car chase are almost exciting and I enjoyed it far more than I expected to.
January 8, 2012
Splendid old English caper.
½ January 7, 2012
Alec Guinness is too often forgotten for his insane comedic talents. In The Lavender Hill Mob, Guinness shows that he can play a comedy lead just as easily as he can a dramatic lead. This cute caper's unpredictable script is over in a breathless 80 minutes. Stanley Holloway is equally amusing as Guinness' partner in crime. Watch out for cameos from two screen legends, Audrey Hepburn and Robert Shaw. The Lavender Hill Mob joins Kind Hearts & Coronets as the top comedies from the legendary Ealing Studios.
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