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The Lavender Hill Mob Details


Charles Crichton directed this Ealing caper comedy, with a witty script by T.E.B. Clarke that won an Academy Award. Alec Guinness is Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to reward himself by stealing one million pounds worth of gold. Calling on his old friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of Cockney crooks, Lackery (Sidney James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass), they conspire to lift a gold shipment. After absconding with the gold, Henry melts the gold into a collection of souvenir Eiffel Towers, which he then ships off to Paris. But chaos reigns when a group of English schoolgirls purchase the gold towers, and the gang now become embroiled in a wild goose chase to recover their stolen gold. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 10, 1951


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alec Guinness Best Actor 1952 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Charles Crichton Best British Film 1951 Winner
Directors Guild of America Charles Crichton Best Director 1952 Nominee
National Board of Review T.E.B. Clarke Best Screenplay 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences T.E.B. Clarke Best Story and Screenplay 1952 Winner


Alec Guinness
as Henry Holland
Stanley Holloway
as Alfred Pendelbury
Sidney James
as Lackery Wood
Alfie Bass
as Shorty Fisher
Marjorie Fielding
as Mrs. Chalk
Ronald Adam
as Turner
John Salew
as Parkin
Arthur Hambling
as Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin
as Godwin
John Gregson
as Farrow
Clive Morton
as Station Sergeant
Frederick Piper
as Cafe Owner
Peter Bull
as Joe the Gab
Patric Doonan
as Craggs
Audrey Hepburn
as Chiquita
Michael Trubshawe
as Ambassador
Arthur Mullard
Ann Heffernan
as Kiosk Girl
Charles Lamb
Andrea Malandrinos
as Customs Official
Robert Shaw
Jacques Cey
Fred Griffiths
Eugene Deckers
as Customs Official
Moultrie Kelsall
as Detective Superintendant
Cyril Chamberlain
as Commander
Frank Forsyth
Meredith Edwards
as P.C. Williams
Sydney Tafler
as Clayton
Marie Ney
Patrick Barr
as Inspector
Christopher Hewett
as Inspector Talbot
Joe Clark
Paul Demel
as Customs Official
Tony Quinn
as Deputy Commander
Archie Duncan


Charles Crichton
Michael Balcon
T.E.B. Clarke
Douglas Slocombe
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Seth Holt
William Kellner
Art Director
Anthony Mendleson
Costume Designer
Stephen Dalby
Sound/Sound Designer
Syd Pearson
Special Effects
Norman Priggen
First Assistant Director
Jeff Seaholme
Camera Operator
Ernest Taylor