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The Lavender Hill Mob
Charles Crichton directed this Ealing caper comedy, with a witty script by T.E.B. Clarke that won an Academy Award. Alec Guinness is Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to reward himself by stealing one million pounds worth of gold. Calling on his old friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of Cockney crooks, Lackery (Sidney James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass), they conspire to lift a gold shipment.… More

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"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Alec Guinness shines in this hilarious British comedy."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The real joy of the movie is less about the caper than these two invisible, workaday men discovering the thrills of attempting something extraordinary - even if it is felonious."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"All time classic Guiness comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Inventive, economic, masterly."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Inflation may have dented the allure of its 1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"The Cockney wit is outrageously funny."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"You are left wanting more rather than thinking less would have been better."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[A] superb and subtle crime-film spoof."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Alec Guinness received a well deserved Oscar nomination for this hilarious British comedy"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fun, perfectly realized Ealing Studios outing"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"The genre of the caper-gone-wrong crime comedy may have been invented circa 1950 in Ealing Studios… Mob avoids most of what became the clichés of the genre."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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