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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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Alfie Bass ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
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John Salew ...
Parkin
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Arthur Hambling ...
Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Godwin
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Farrow
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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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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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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

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 »

Goofs

Bicycle changes, the part where Sid James rides past the bullion van, a close up with Sid sat on a chrome steel bicycle with rod brakes, and a rear rack, when it cuts to him riding past the van, its a totally different cycle, no rack, cable brakes etc. See more »

Quotes

Pendlebury: [replying to Shorty's statement that he and Lackery will wait for Holland and Pendlebury to return from France with their shares of the proceeds] You mean you both trust us?
Shorty: Oh, come off it, gov. You're as straight a pair of gentlemen as I ever worked for.
Lackery: Hear hear!
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Connections

Featured in Film Extra: Alec Guiness (1973) See more »

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Rumba Rio
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Composed and performed by Ivor Mairants
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Small Ealing comedy that still delivers.
6 October 2002 | by 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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