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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 10 September 1951 (Sweden)
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 Eiffel Towers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Holland
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Pendlebury
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Alfie Bass ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Edie Martin ...
Miss Evesham
John Salew ...
Parkin
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Turner
Arthur Hambling ...
Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Godwin
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Farrow
Clive Morton ...
Station Sergeant
Sydney Tafler ...
Clayton
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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 | souvenir | france | champagne | See All (62) »

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The men who broke the bank - and lost the cargo! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

De l'or en barres  »

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(Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arriving in Paris, Pendlebury recites the words, "Gay, sprightly land of mirth and social ease"; Holland later repeats the phrase in reference to Rio de Janeiro. This line is a subtle reference to the movie's plot, because those words come originally from the 1765 poem "The Traveller" by Oliver Goldsmith. See more »

Goofs

When Shorty is shown practicing his drawing, the picture changes between the distant shot and the close shot. See more »

Quotes

[just as he is planning the robbery, Holland is told that he is being promoted to another department]
Henry Holland: I'm too old to change my views now, sir.
Turner: Nonsense. You're never too old to better oneself. Think of what you can do with an extra 15 shillings a week.
Henry Holland: But sir, I like the bullion office. It holds all I ever wished for.
Turner: The trouble with you, Holland, if I may speak frankly, is that you do not have enough ambition. When a good opportunity comes along grab it with both hands. May not occur again.
Henry Holland: ...
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
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Arranged by Ernest Irving
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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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