The Lavender Hill Mob
The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 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.
Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) is dining with a fellow Briton in a posh restaurant in Rio de Janeiro where he is well known. He relates a story explaining his presence in Rio. It seems he was an apparently unambitious London bank clerk in charge of gold bullion deliveries for over 20 years. He had a reputation for fussing over details and suspecting all cars he observed following the bullion van, but all in all appeared to be a man dedicated to his job and the gold's security. In fact, he had hatched the "perfect" plot to steal a load of bullion and retire. The one thing stopping him had been that selling the gold on the black market in Britain was too risky, and he was at a loss as to how to smuggle it abroad.
|author||T. E. B. Clarke|
|award||Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Film|
|keywords||adopt assault bank clerk black market boarding house canterbury channel dedicate drown eiffel tower english channel even foundry game handcuff hendon police college how to id ingot lavender hill police inspector rio de janeiro run shill sidney james smuggle track down tss canterbury|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Film BAFTA Award for Best Film Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film|
|publisher||General Film Distributors|
|theme||crime comedy heist|