Irish Film Institute -Lavender Hill Mob, The

Lavender Hill Mob, The

Probably the zenith of the Ealing comedies, The Lavender Hill Mob has certainly never been surpassed for sheer inventive merriment. Alec Guinness stars as the mild-mannered bank employee who, after 20 years of faithful service, blithely decides to steal one million pounds worth of gold bullion. He enlists Stanley Holloway, a paperweight manufacturer and a bit of a sculptor, and together they plan the perfect robbery. Both actors are matched by a wonderful cast which includes Sid James and Alfie Bass as the professional crooks of the gang, and a very young Audrey Hepburn in her first screen role.
U.K., 1951. Black and white, 78 min.

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