The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
Alfie Bass ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Edie Martin ...
Miss Evesham
John Salew ...
Ronald Adam ...
Arthur Hambling ...
Gibb McLaughlin ...
John Gregson ...
Clive Morton ...
Station Sergeant
Sydney Tafler ...
Marie Burke ...
Senora Gallardo


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 <>

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10 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

De l'or en barres  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Audrey Hepburn was considered for a larger role in this film, but stage work made her unavailable. Alec Guinness was impressed with the young actress and arranged for her to appear in a bit part. This is considered to be Hepburn's first appearance in a major film. See more »


Early in the film, when the gold is being poured into the mold to make bars, the position of the tongs holding the crucible of liquid gold is inconsistent. At first the tongs grab the crucible near the top, and then the film cuts to the men pouring the gold into the mold, at which time the tongs are closer to the bottom of the crucible. During the pour the camera angle changes and the tongs are moved closer to the top of the crucible again. See more »


Pendlebury: Well, you might as well know. I was lying. I am a thief. It was madness to attempt it. We weren't cut out for crime, either of us.
Policeman: We?
Pendlebury: My partner and I.
Sidewalk Vendor: Your partner? Here, if you're working with the fence who's got them other pictures...
Policeman: Shh! Carry on.
Pendlebury: Oh I make no excuses. All my life it's been my ambition to surround myself with rare and beautiful things. Suddenly faced with this golden opportunity...
Sidewalk Vendor: Here, you call that picture of mine rare and beautiful?
Pendlebury: Since you will keep on interrupting...
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Small Ealing comedy that still delivers.
6 October 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A banker decides to rob his own bank.

A classic small British film that punches above it weight. Good cast get their teeth in to an Oscar winning script. The kind of film they should show at films schools to show how good films are constructed and delivered. One of the top 100 comedy films ever made - although delivers small chuckles rather than out-and-out laughs.

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