The Lavender Hill Mob

The Lavender Hill Mob

Charles Crichton (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An unassuming bank worker masterminds a plot to steal £1million in gold bullion, then melts it down and turns it into statues of the Eiffel Tower that can easily be exported - but the plan soon goes awry, with hilarious results. Ealing comedy, starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James and Audrey Hepburn.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jul 2011