The Lavender Hill Mob
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

After two decades of service to his employers, gold bullion carrier Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) decides to run off with more than a million pounds worth of the stuff. After convincing his sculptor friend Alfred (Stanley Holloway) to help… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 1951
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Consensus: Fiendishly funny and clever, The Lavender Hill Mob is a top hat Ealing Studios effort.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Peter Bradshaw

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

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Alec Guinness shines in this hilarious British comedy.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Inventive, economic, masterly.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (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.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

Inflation may have dented the allure of its 1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

You are left wanting more rather than thinking less would have been better.

David Parkinson
Radio Times

[A] superb and subtle crime-film spoof.

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Emanuel Levy

Alec Guinness received a well deserved Oscar nomination for this hilarious British comedy

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Pierluigi Puccini
Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.
Devon Bott
Alec Guinness' other heist-comedy ("The Ladykillers") might have a slight edge over this one, but funnily enough, I prefer the actual heist from… More
Michael Gildea
The Lavender Hill Mob, one of the Ealing Studios classics was definitely amusing and had a few hysterical moments, but I didn't love it. The humor was… More
John Ballantine
Remade with Tom Hanks many years later, this is the ultimate British caper film with a very fine Guinness leading the way. A tight script produces wonders.
Antony Stubbs
Brilliant Ealing comedy, this pitch-perfect crime caper stars Alec Guinness in one of his finest performances, a timid clerk who decides to claim himself a… More
An Ealing comedy that is part comedy and part conventional heist film. The idea is that a group of misfits decide to commit a robbery if only because they… More