June 26, 1951 in UK cinemas: The Lavender Hill Mob

“The men who broke the bank – and lost the cargo!”

The_Lavender_Hill_Mob-1951The Lavender Hill Mob is a comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway and featuring Sid James and Alfie Bass. The title refers to Lavender Hill, a street in Battersea, a district of South London, in the postcode district SW11, near to Clapham Junction railway station. [Wikipedia]

Holland (Guinness), a shy retiring man, dreams of being rich and living the good life. Cinema-UK-06-26-1951Faithfully, for 20 years, he has worked as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury (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 (James) and Shorty (Bass). Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the StudiocanalUK YouTube Channel.

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