The Lavender Hill Mob. Image shows from L to R: Holland (Alec Guinness), Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway)
The Lavender Hill Mob

The Lavender Hill Mob

  • 1951 film

An Ealing Studios comedy classic, The Lavender Hill Mob stars Alec Guinness & Stanley Holloway attempting to carry out the perfect crime. Also features Sid James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding, John Gregson, Clive Morton and more.

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The Lavender Hill Mob. Image shows left to right: Holland (Alec Guinness), Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway). Credit: STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1951
Stars
Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding, John Gregson, Clive Morton, Ronald Adam and more
Writer
T.E.B. Clarke
Director
Charles Crichton
Producers
Michael Balcon and Michael Truman
Company

After twenty years' planning, mild-mannered, unassuming Bank of England official Henry Holland has finally found the right connection to put his ideas into motion and steal an entire van load of fresh gold bullion.

It all starts when a new resident moves into his boarding house, Mr Pendlebury, a businessman who makes model novelties of tourist attractions across the globe - including metal Eiffel Tower paperweights.

Carefully sussing out his new acquaintance, the two men agree to put Holland's planning and Pendlebury's means to good use and embark on what must surely be the perfect crime: to stage an elaborate heist of the bullion van that Pendlebury himself is in, acting as trusty watchman and officious steward, travelling between the foundry and the bank's vaults.

Recruiting two experienced criminals to assist in the not inconsiderable execution of the scheme, Lackery and Shorty, the quartet set to work in preparation for new lives of untold wealth. The eventual heist itself is an enormous success for the gang, leaving Pendlebury the nationally-fĂȘted hero and the police with almost no leads to go on, but the real work begins as the operation winds down and they set about covering the last of their tracks.

Can the Lavender Hill Mob get away with the most audacious crime in London's history, or will the Metropolitan Police catch them yet?

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Additional details

Tagline
The men who broke the bank - and lost the cargo!
UK certificate
U
Duration
81 minutes
Produced
1950
UK premiere
Thursday 28th June 1951, ODEON Marble Arch
Distributors

General Film Distributors

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Black and white
Soundtrack
Music composed by Georges Auric and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Irving.

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 28th January 2024 at 11:00am on Film4
  • Monday 22nd January 2024 at 5:05pm on Film4
  • Monday 30th October 2023 at 7:00pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Ealing Studios

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