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 in London SW11, near to Clapham Junction railway station.
Henry Holland lives the life of luxury in Rio de Janeiro, and spends an evening dining out with a British visitor. During their meal, he narrates a story concerning how he changed his life by instigating an intricate gold bullion robbery. One year ago, Holland served as an unambitious London bank clerk, who for twenty years was in charge of gold bullion deliveries. Although dedicated to his job due to his reputation for fussing over details, he had begun to devise a scheme to steal a consignment of gold bullion. However, his plan had a flaw - selling it 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||arrest bank clerk black market boarding house build confuse dedicate discover drown eiffel tower even force foundry gold bullion hendon police college horrify how to lavender hill misleading information new life pass police officer present day recruit rio de janeiro serve stolen gold track down trap|
|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|