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      The Lavender Hill Mob

      Released Sep 10, 1951 1h 18m Comedy List
      100% Tomatometer 71 Reviews 86% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower souvenirs. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Rent Now

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      Fiendishly funny and clever, The Lavender Hill Mob is a top hat Ealing Studios effort.

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) ... A wonderfully disreputable little farce. Apr 22, 2024 Full Review Richard L. Coe Washington Post Alec Guinness is delightfully dry as the thinking worm and Stanley Holloway a perfect foil as the blustery geegaw manufacturer. Apr 18, 2024 Full Review Gavin Lambert Sight & Sound The ingenious starting point of T.E.B. Clarke's script of The Lavender Hill Mob provides some episodes of original and diverting comedy, and allows Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway to develop two characterizations in lively contrast. Apr 18, 2024 Full Review Sara Hamilton Photoplay A British riot. Apr 18, 2024 Full Review Tom Canning Motion Picture Herald (Exhibitors Herald) The Lavender Hill Mob is funny in word and deed. Apr 18, 2024 Full Review P.S. Harrison Harrison's Reports Cleverly written, directed, and acted, it is a sly burlesque on crime pictures in general. Apr 18, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Davide l Not a masterpiece but almost and a great caper, a good bit of fun. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Paul G The high rating is lost on me. It's an okay film but nothing special. Its not that funny if its supposed to be a comedy. Alec is okay in it but there are many better films he is in. Meh, okay but nothing special. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/24 Full Review Alec B A delightful heist comedy. As the complications pile up Guinness and Holloway's frantic energy becomes infectious. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/08/24 Full Review isla s This is an amusing English 'bumbling caper' type of a comedy crime film classic, from the famous Ealing Studios. It features cheery characters, including the rather mild-mannered Henry Holland, who supervises the delivery of gold bullion and whom, for whatever reason, mildly reminded me of Dr Strangelove(!) although he's played by Alec Guinness and not Peter Sellers. I think it's due to the egg-shaped glasses and smirky type smile perhaps?. In any case, the (somewhat) simplicity (and lack of bloody violence) is quite charming in a way - it's hardly a gritty modern film but then that might well appeal to some. I found it amusing hearing the very genteel sounding, 'proper'/professional 'BBC English' dialogue spoken by a narrator not shown on screen. I suppose there tends to be a certain satisfaction in seeing crafty criminals manage to outsmart the more than comfortably well off. Sid James plays the more typical head henchman/shady type out of the group. The scenes showing an elderly lady letting the criminals into her house made me smile - of course, it reminded me 'The Ladykillers'. The last quarter of the film I found particularly amusing but overall its certainly an enjoyable and sometimes amusing watch, a classic comedy by all accounts and I would recommend it, yes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a fun caper but not quite sure where the supposed comedy reveals itself. Watchable in any case. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful romp through 1951 London with crackerjack dramedy performances by a terriffic cast; notable for Sir Alec Guiness and an early Audrey Hepburn performance Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower souvenirs.
      Director
      Charles Crichton
      Producer
      Michael Balcon
      Screenwriter
      T.E.B. Clarke
      Production Co
      Ealing Studios, J. Arthur Rank Films [gb]
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 10, 1951, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $15.4K
      Runtime
      1h 18m
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