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.
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Clean old fashioned humour
- The Lavender Hill Mob review by JJ
This was my first introduction to The Ealing Comedies and it was a refreshing, simple romp with some great acting from a young Alec Guinness and rotund Stanley Holloway.
Such straightforward stuff to raise the spirits post WW 2 and now in the thick of a 2020 pandemic.