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Writer:
T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He stole $3,000,000 in gold and that's a lot of BULLion! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the most engaging and witty movie I have seen See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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

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Runtime:
UK:81 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15054)

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Trivia:
Robert Shaw's first film. However, most of his performance ended up on the cutting room floor.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the chase, the license plate on the armored truck is LKL238. The police officer correctly reports the license plate as LKL238. However, when the dispatcher repeats the license plate, he says LKL638.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Holland:Instead of changing as usual at Charing Cross, I came straight on to Rio de Janeiro. "Gay, sprightly, land of mirth and social ease." Pendlebury.
British man:Plus six Eiffel Towers. How much did they fetch?
Henry Holland:Twenty-five thousand pounds. Enough to keep me for one year in the style to which I was, ah, unaccustomed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Just a Minute: Episode #2.2" (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

FAQ

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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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
One of the most engaging and witty movie I have seen, 26 July 2005

The DVD used Audrey Hepburn's first movie appearance as a promotion. Together with the fact that Alec Guinness is the leading man, I immediately jumped at the chance of watching the film.

The film began with Alec Guinness recalling his life last year, as a 20-year bank clerk and how he plotted to steal a vast amount of gold. Stanley Holloway (who also starred as Eliza's father in My Fair Lady) and Alec Guinness made a wonderful couple. And watch out for the elegant Audrey Hepburn in the first 10 minutes of the movie.

The story unfolded nicely as Alec narrated how he formulated his plan, how he recruited partners to execute his well-thought plan and how, when their plan did go wrong, they improvised. The scene of them chasing after Englsih school girls at the Eiffel Tower in Paris is particularly impressive. It is as if they were flying in the air and laughing their hearts out on a merry-go-round. I kept wondering how modern movies did not make such shots any more. It was funny to see how they persisted in order to succeed. They were like serious school kids who was intent on completing their project by any means. Never did they think of betraying their team members.

With an excellent script, funny characters and a marvellous twist in the end, this movie is not a bit out of date. Love to watch it again soon.

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