The Lavender Hill Mob

  • U
  • Charles Crichton (1951)
  • UK
  • 77 min
The Lavender Hill Mob
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Ealing Studios had quite a year in 1951. Not only did the company produce the witty satire The Man in the White Suit, it also released this superb and subtle crime-film spoof. The inimitable Alec Guinness stars as the mild-mannered bank agent who discovers he has a devious criminal mind and decides to steal a million in gold bullion. Guinness is well supported by the impressive Stanley Holloway, Alfie Bass and Sid James as members of the gang he recruits. Watch out too for a couple of blink-and-miss-them walk-ons from James (billed as William) Fox and Audrey Hepburn. Director Charles Crichton tips his hat to such genre staples as the studio's own The Blue Lamp and the more hard-boiled gangster movies produced by Hollywood in the film noir era, and TEB Clarke deservedly won an Oscar for his beautifully constructed story and screenplay. Guinness lost out to Gary Cooper in High Noon in the best actor category.

Plot Summary

Classic Ealing crime comedy starring Alec Guinness. Meek, respectable Henry Holland supervises gold bullion deliveries to the bank where he is a trusted employee. But behind his modest exterior lurks a criminal mind harbouring unbounded ambition. His dream of stealing one million in gold bars starts to assume reality when he teams up with foundry owner Pendlebury and two professional crooks.

Cast and crew

Cast

Henry Holland
Alec Guinness
Pendlebury
Stanley Holloway
Lackery
Sidney James
Shorty
Alfie Bass
Mrs Chalk
Marjorie Fielding
Farrow
John Gregson
Miss Evesham
Edie Martin
Station sergeant
Clive Morton
Parkin
John Salew
Turner
Ronald Adam
Wallis
Arthur Hambling
Godwin
Gibb McLaughlin
Chiquita
Audrey Hepburn
Gregory
James Fox

Crew

Director
Charles Crichton

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Jul 2011
Certificate U
Categories
Comedy

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