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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Poster

Goofs

Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (2) | Character error (2) | Continuity (4) | Spoilers (1)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Holland and Pendlebury ascend the stairs drunk, Pendlebury loudly recites a piece of prose but his lips are obviously saying something completely different.
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Stanley Holloway's voice in the gold-melting scene sounds as if it had been dubbed by another actor, and his lip movements in that scene don't quite match the sound of his voice.
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Character error 

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.
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When Holland and Pendlebury exit the classroom, they leave without the case.
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Continuity 

After the raid we see the maroon (dark colored) bullion van being driven into an abandoned warehouse to be emptied (33mins 10 secs into the movie). In the next short shot of the van parking, the van has now become a light colored van. After that we see the dark colored van again.
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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.
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When Shorty is shown practicing his drawing, the picture changes between the distant shot and the close shot.
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The daily papers announcing the heist are dated August 5 1950; however the evening paper, headlining the same news, is dated September.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Henry Holland could not have been extradited from Brazil to Great Britain, as these countries had no such treaty at the time.
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