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The Lavender Hill Mob -- Mild-mannered Holland has spent the last 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. Then one day he simply decides to plot a heist in order to steal a million British pounds worth of the gold.


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T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »
He stole $3,000,000 in gold and that's a lot of BULLion! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Crime doesn't pay See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Holland

Stanley Holloway ... Pendlebury
Sidney James ... Lackery
Alfie Bass ... Shorty
Marjorie Fielding ... Mrs. Chalk
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

Audrey Hepburn ... Chiquita
William Fox ... Gregory
Michael Trubshawe ... British Ambassador
Ann Hefferman ... Kiosk Girl (as Ann Heffernan)
Jacques B. Brunius ... Customs Official (as Jacques Brunius)
Eugene Deckers ... Customs Official
Paul Demel ... Customs Official
Andreas Malandrinos ... Customs Official (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Cyril Chamberlain ... Commander
Tony Quinn ... Deputy Commander
Moultrie Kelsall ... Detective Superintendant

Christopher Hewett ... Inspector Talbot
Meredith Edwards ... P. C. Williams
Patrick Barr ... Divisional Detective Inspector
David Davies ... City Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alanna Boyce ... June Edwards (uncredited)
Johnny Briggs ... Small Role (uncredited)

Peter Bull ... Joe the Gab (uncredited)
Jacques Cey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Clarke ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Coote ... Waiter in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jacqueline Curtis ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Richard Davies ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Patric Doonan ... Craggs (uncredited)
Archie Duncan ... Chief Cashier (uncredited)
Frank Forsyth ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patricia Garwood ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Charles Lamb ... Mr. Richards (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... 1st Man in Police Identity Parade (uncredited)
Marie Ney ... School Headmistress (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... Man at Races (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Chemist at Police Exhibition (uncredited)
Valerie Singleton ... Girl (uncredited)
John Warwick ... Police Inspector at Squad Car Headquarters (uncredited)
Richard Wattis ... Opposition MP (uncredited)
Neil Wilson ... Squad Car Headquarters PC (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Crichton 
Writing credits
T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay) (as T. E. B. Clarke)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Michael Truman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Georges Auric (music by)
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Seth Holt 
Casting by
Margaret Harper Nelson (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William Kellner 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
Makeup Department
Ernest Taylor .... makeup
Harry Wilton .... makeup (as H. Wilton)
Barbara Barnard .... hairdressing supervisor (uncredited)
Daphne Martin .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Slim Hand .... unit production manager
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Priggen .... assistant director
John Meadows .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jim O'Connolly .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
G. Beavan .... floor props (uncredited)
Bert Davey .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Wally Hill .... floor props (uncredited)
Fred Lacey .... production buyer (uncredited)
Andrew Low .... set dresser (uncredited)
George Speller .... construction manager (uncredited)
Bob Tull .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Leslie Hammond .... recordist
Robert R. Healy .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Eric Stockl .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Cyril Swern .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Dickinson .... special processes
Bryan Langley .... special processes
Camera and Electrical Department
Geoffrey Faithfull .... additional photography (as Geoffrey Faithful)
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
Jack Dooley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Ford .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... floor stills (uncredited)
Michael Shepherd .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bert Spurgeon .... floor electrician (uncredited)
Hugh Wilson .... focus puller (uncredited)
Casting Department
Muriel Cole .... crowd casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernie Farrer .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Ben Foster .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Lily Payne .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Harry Aldous .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Barbara Bennett .... assembly editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... conducted by
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
Baynham Honri .... studio manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
78 min | UK:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1951) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15054)

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"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these - it might have been" is a taken from 'Maud Muller', a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.See more »
Continuity: When Shorty is shown practicing his drawing, the picture changes between the distant shot and the close shot.See more »
Pendlebury:Guns, yes. It's essential we're armed. Here we are. Here's yours.
Henry Holland:Is it loaded?
Pendlebury:Yes. It's a present from Margate. It fires a stick of rock.
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The girls in school are singing a song that Stanley Holloway later sings in "The Titfield Thunderbolt." Does anyone recognize it?
How are the Lavender Hill Mob caught?
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Crime doesn't pay, 8 November 2000

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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