The Lavender Hill Mob (Restored) Blu-ray
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Directed by Charles Crichton
Produced in 1951
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
One of the most affectionately remembered of the Ealing comedies, The Lavender Hill Mob sees Alec Guinness play an unassuming bank clerk who fronts a plan to turn gold bullion into Eiffel Tower paperweights. A beautiful crime beautifully played out. Blink and you’ll miss a very young Audrey Hepburn. Tibby Clarke deservedly won an Oscar for the screenplay.
Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) has worked faithfully for 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. A shy retiring man, completely inconsequential to his employers, he has long dreamt of a way to execute his plan of the perfect gold robbery - the only catch being how to move the gold on once stolen. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France. Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass). Together, the four plot their crime.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 77 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: Blu-ray B&W
Released: 1st August 2011
Cat No: OPTBD1926
Subtitles: English HoH
- Intro from Martin Scorsese
- Restoration comparison
- Behind the Scenes stills gallery.