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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 10 September 1951 (Sweden)
A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

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Alfie Bass ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
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John Salew ...
Parkin
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Arthur Hambling ...
Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Godwin
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Farrow
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Station Sergeant
Sydney Tafler ...
Clayton
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Senora Gallardo
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Chiquita
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Storyline

Holland, a shy retiring man, dreams of being rich and living the good life. Faithfully, for 20 years, he has worked as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury, 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 and Shorty. Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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gold | bank | souvenir | france | champagne | See All (62) »

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He stole $3,000,000 in gold and that's a lot of BULLion! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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10 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

De l'or en barres  »

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(Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Clarke is said to have come up with the idea of a clerk robbing his own bank while doing research for the film Pool of London (1951), a crime thriller surrounding a jewel theft. He consulted the Bank of England on the project and it set up a special committee to advise on how best the robbery could take place. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when the gold is being poured into the mold to make bars, the position of the tongs holding the crucible of liquid gold is inconsistent. At first the tongs grab the crucible near the top, and then the film cuts to the men pouring the gold into the mold, at which time the tongs are closer to the bottom of the crucible. During the pour, the camera angle changes and the tongs are moved closer to the top of the crucible again. See more »

Quotes

Pendlebury: Well, you might as well know. I was lying. I am a thief. It was madness to attempt it. We weren't cut out for crime, either of us.
Policeman: We?
Pendlebury: My partner and I.
Sidewalk Vendor: Your partner? Here, if you're working with the fence who's got them other pictures...
Policeman: Shh! Carry on.
Pendlebury: Oh I make no excuses. All my life it's been my ambition to surround myself with rare and beautiful things. Suddenly faced with this golden opportunity...
Sidewalk Vendor: Here, you call that picture of mine rare and beautiful?
Pendlebury: Since you will keep on interrupting...
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Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(1863) (uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond
Lyrics by William Johnson
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Small Ealing comedy that still delivers.
6 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A banker decides to rob his own bank.

A classic small British film that punches above it weight. Good cast get their teeth in to an Oscar winning script. The kind of film they should show at films schools to show how good films are constructed and delivered. One of the top 100 comedy films ever made - although delivers small chuckles rather than out-and-out laughs.


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