Sir Alec Guinness stars as a timid bank clerk who has the perfect scheme for stealing gold bullion from the Bank of England. One of the most affectionately remembered Ealing comedies, it features a skit on the 1950's Ealing film The Blue Lamp, with the unlikely gangsters almost getting away with the bullion in a madcap chase climax.
The pace is slow, the plot simple, the photography absolutely stunning. Good black and white such as this give a texture to the picture which I find better than any high definition colour. Alec G is of course great, Sid James plays a very straight character, pre slap stick. It is about a burglary but it is more than the plot and certainly more than the action which by modern standards is poor. A great film for a rainy Saturday.