Today: February 29, 2024

Lavender Hill Mob, The

Blink and you will miss the brief and surprise walk-on part of the then un-famous Audrey Hepburn (who goes uncredited) – one of the many gems to be found within The Lavender Hill Mob (1951).

Blink and you’ll miss the brief walk-on by the then unknown Audrey Hepburn (who goes uncredited) – one of the many gems to be found within The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). Despite knocking on for 60, this comedy caper is as hilarious now as it was back in post-war Britain, thanks to a seamless script (TEB Clarke) and the faultless performance of the legendary Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway and fine supporting cast of Alfie Bass and Sid James.


Directed by Charles Crichton, Gusiness stars as as Henry Holland, an underpaid mild-mannered, bespectacled bank clerk, the brains behind a £1 million gold bullion heist from his employers. He then sets about smuggling them out of the country to Paris with the help of his friend Alfred Pendlebury (Holloway), a manufacturer of cheap paperweights, by melting down the gold into the form of Eiffel Tower souvenirs. Along the way, they recruit two petty crooks, Lackery (James) and Shorty (Bass). At first, it seems to be the perfect crime but without twists and turns along the way, it would hardly make for good comedy. Yes, it all starts to go spectacularly down south.


Although it may not be of the same high caliber as the Ealing Studio masterpieces, The LadyKillers (1955) and Kind Hearts And Coronets (1946) in which Alec also starred, The Lavender Hill Mob is certainly a sharply observed crime comedy that earned Guiness an Oscar nomination (losing to Gary Cooper for High Noon) catapulting him to stardom in Hollywood with Clarke winning the Best Story and Screenplay. Fully restored and back in cinemas, the film casts shame over modern-day mockney British crime and comedy films. Danny Dyer and the like, take note.

Previous Story

Director Daniel Monzón Interview

Next Story

Art Of Getting By,The

Latest from Blog


Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

Lone Star – Criterion Collection

Rarely in cinema do you come across a filmmaker as versatile as Lone Star writer-director John Sayles. Here is a man who cut his Hollywood teeth working for Roger Corman, got early

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is a curious beast. It’s a war film whose battles are mostly fought in a court room. It’s a Kubrick epic, that feels like a small, claustrophobic indie movie.


Monolith is a film that delights and surprises in equal measure. This low-fi, slow burn thriller is part science fiction, part social commentary, with just the right amount of bumps and jumps

Billions Complete Series Unboxing

As Paul Giamatti remains a frontrunner in the race for this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor with his beautifully layered performance in The Holdovers, there’s no better time to catch up

Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy Unboxing

The heat is on. Eddie Murphy’s beloved street-smart Detroit cop Axel Foley is coming back to our screens in the highly-anticipated fourth entry in the Beverly Hills Cop series this summer, so
Go toTop