The Lavender Hill Mob

1951

Directed By

Charles Crichton

Synopsis

One of Ealing’s most good-natured comedies, The Lavender Hill Mob is the enduringly funny story of a nobody bank employee’s ingeneious plan to rob the Bank of England and the motley crew that he assembles to carry out the raid. Much bungling and hilarity ensues as their plan threatens to come unstuck thanks to French bureacracy and some pesky English school girls.

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, leading to unexpected twists and turns.

Writer T.E.B. Clarke was inspired to write about robbing his own bank whilst researching jewellery heists for Pool of London, and whilst writing the script he consulted with the Bank of England itself. The Lavender Hill Mob was memorably shot in the streets of the City of London, still bearing the scars of the Blitz.

Cast
Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding
Other Credits

Written By T.E.B. Clarke
Cinematography By Douglas Slocombe

Release Date
22 April 2024
extras
  • New The Perfect Heist: Benedict Morrison on The Lavender Hill Mob
  • New London Comedy Film Festival Q&A with Paul Merton
  • New Audio Commentary by film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Those British Faces: Stanley Holloway
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Original Trailer
  • Extract from BEHP Audio interview with Charles Crichton
  • Good Afternoon: Mavis interviews T.E.B. Clarke
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
Restoration Details

The Lavender Hill Mob was restored in 4K using a 35mm duplicating positive as the original negative was unavailable.  Thanks to the latest film scanning technology and restoration tools, we were able to achieve a high standard image from the positive that was used. Silver Salt Restoration restored and colour graded the film producing a new 4K DCP, HDR Dolby Vision and HD master.

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