The Lavender Hill Mob


(out of 5)

 is a riot as a doddering bank employee who decides to pull off a heist and be rich for the rest of his life. Teaming up with a skilled robber () and assembling a team of thieves, the lot of them concoct a plot to steal the gold bars that Guinness supervises the transfer of, coming up with a brilliant plan that lo and behold, is pulled off without a hitch! Or is it? Stealing the stuff is one thing, keeping it is another. Marvelous acting and a sparkling, Oscar-winning screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke make for a criminal comedy that has paved the way for many its wake, and is one of the many examples of Guinness’ incredible acting range—there was absolutely nothing this man couldn’t do. Features an early appearance by a very young , who appears for a brief moment as a girl named “Chiquita”.

Ealing Studios

United Kingdom, 1951

Directed by

Screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1952

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