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The Lavender Hill Mob ()


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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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Holland
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Pendlebury
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Lackery
Alfie Bass ...
Shorty
Marjorie Fielding ...
Mrs. Chalk
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Miss Evesham
John Salew ...
Parkin
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Turner
Arthur Hambling ...
Wallis
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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
William Fox ...
Gregory
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British Ambassador
Ann Heffernan ...
Kiosk Girl
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Customs Official (as Jacques Brunius)
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Customs Official
Paul Demel ...
Customs Official
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Customs Official (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Commander
Tony Quinn ...
Deputy Commander
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Detective Superintendant
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Inspector Talbot
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P.C. Williams
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Divisional Detective Inspector
David Davies ...
City Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Blyth ...
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Alanna Boyce ...
June Edwards (uncredited)
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Small Role (uncredited)
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Joe the Gab (uncredited)
Jacques Cey ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Waiter in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jacqueline Curtis ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Richard Davies ...
Police Driver (uncredited)
Patric Doonan ...
Craggs (uncredited)
Archie Duncan ...
Chief Cashier (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Charles Lamb ...
Mr. Richards (uncredited)
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Customs Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ...
1st Man in Police Identity Parade (uncredited)
Marie Ney ...
School Headmistress (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ...
Tube Train Passenger (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ...
Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ...
Man at Races (uncredited)
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Chemist at Police Exhibition (uncredited)
Valerie Singleton ...
Girl (uncredited)
John Warwick ...
Police Inspector at Squad Car Headquarters (uncredited)
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Opposition MP (uncredited)
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Squad Car Headquarters PC (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Crichton

Written by

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T.E.B. Clarke ... (original screenplay)

Produced by

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Michael Balcon ... producer
Michael Truman ... associate producer

Music by

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Georges Auric

Cinematography by

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Douglas Slocombe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Seth Holt

Editorial Department

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Harry Aldous ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Barbara Bennett ... assembly editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Margaret Harper Nelson ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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William Kellner

Costume Design by

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Anthony Mendleson

Makeup Department

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Ernest Taylor ... makeup artist
Harry Wilton ... makeup artist (as H. Wilton)
Barbara Barnard ... hairdressing supervisor (uncredited)
Daphne Martin ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Slim Hand ... unit production manager
Hal Mason ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Norman Priggen ... assistant director
John Meadows ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jim O'Connolly ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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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

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Stephen Dalby ... sound supervisor
Les Hammond ... recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Robert R. Healy ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Eric Stockl ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Cyril Swern ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Sydney Pearson ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Geoffrey Dickinson ... special processes
Bryan Langley ... special processes

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Muriel Cole ... crowd casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ernie Farrer ... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Ben Foster ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Lily Payne ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ernest Irving ... conductor

Other crew

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Phyllis Crocker ... continuity
Baynham Honri ... studio manager (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines He stole $3,000,000 in gold and that's a lot of BULLion! See more »
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Also Known As
  • De l'or en barres (France)
  • Oro en barras (Spain)
  • Jag stal en miljon (Sweden)
  • Banda din Lavender Hill (Romania)
  • Η συμμορία των εντιμότατων (Greece)
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  • 78 min
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Ealing Comedies or Kind Hearts and Overdrafts (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Rumba Rio See more »
Quotes Henry Holland: I was a potential millionaire, yet I had to be satisfied with eight pounds, fifteen shillings, less deductions.
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