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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Holland
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Pendlebury
Sidney James ...
Alfie Bass ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Edie Martin ...
Miss Evesham
John Salew ...
Parkin
Ronald Adam ...
Turner
Arthur Hambling ...
Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Godwin
John Gregson ...
Farrow
Clive Morton ...
Station Sergeant
Sydney Tafler ...
Clayton
Marie Burke ...
Senora Gallardo
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Chiquita
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Storyline

Holland, a shy retiring man, dreams of being rich and living the good life. Faithfully, for 20 years, he has worked as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury, a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France. Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery and Shorty. Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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gold | bank | france | souvenir | caper comedy | See more »

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He stole $3,000,000 in gold and that's a lot of BULLion! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

10 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

De l'or en barres  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ealing Studios, planning a bank-robbery film, asked the Bank of England to devise a way in which a million pounds could be stolen from the bank. A special committee was created to come up with an idea, and their plan is the one used in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Holland and Pendlebury ascend the stairs drunk, Pendlebury loudly recites a piece of prose but his lips are obviously saying something completely different. See more »

Quotes

Henry Holland: Pendlebury.
Pendlebury: Yeah?
Henry Holland: Pendlebury.
Pendlebury: What?
Henry Holland: May I call you Alfred?
Pendlebury: Alfred? Call me Al. And I'll call you... Henry, isn't it.
Henry Holland: A name I never cared for.
Pendlebury: Hm?
Henry Holland: Mm. Call me Dutch.
Pendlebury: Dutch. Yes.
[...]
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Composed and performed by Ivor Mairants
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Crime doesn't pay

Alec Guinness (1914-2000) plays a bank clerk who gets an idea to rob his own bank.He does that with the help of his friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway) and two professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass).Lavender Hill Mob is brilliant crime comedy from 1951.The late Alec Guinness does amazing role work and the other actors do also superb job.You can also see the young and beautiful Audrey Hepburn playing Chiquita there.The movie has lots of marvelous scenes.One hilarious scene is the scene where the gang is trying to get to ship but are having all kind of problems with passports and stuff.And the car chase is absolutely brilliant.Watch this British classic movie.It won't let you down I guarantee it.


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