The Lavender Hill Mob

The Lavender Hill Mob

The Lavender Hill Mob

Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway are gold smugglers in this crime comedy from Oscar-nominated director Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda).

A retiring bank clerk (Guinness) who oversees the shipment of bullion befriends his eccentric souvenir-making neighbour and they together plot to smuggle the bank's bullion out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

Winner of Best Screenplay, 1953 Academy Awards; Best British Film, 1952 BAFTAs; Best Screenplay 1951 Venice Film Festival
1951Rating: G78 minsUK
ComedyCrimeClassic
Director:
Charles Crichton ('A Fish Called Wanda', 'Dead of Night', 'The Stranger in Between')
Writer:
T.E.B. Clarke
Cast:
Alec GuinnessStanley HollowayAlfie BassSidney JamesMarjorie FieldingEdie MartinJohn SalewRonald Adam

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Charles Crichton's direction is subtle but inventive - check out the snaking, near-single-take opening in a Rio cabana - and the performances, writing and plotting are faultless.

5.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Alec Guinness shines in this hilarious British comedy.

5.0
Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

Both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today's summer blockbusters.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers...

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Charles Crichton's direction is subtle but inventive - check out the snaking, near-single-take opening in a Rio cabana - and the performances, writing and plotting are faultless.

5.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Alec Guinness shines in this hilarious British comedy.

5.0
Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

Both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today's summer blockbusters.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers...

4.0

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