The Lavender hill Mob' DVD, Audrey Hepbun (1951), New & Sealed
Only seven years into his illustrious career, Alec Guinness would feature as Henry 'Dutch' Holland in 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. Expanding on a superb relationship with the Ealing film corporation, Guinness would produce another superb comedy feature with a film like this.
Henry Holland works for a bank and runs a typical monotonous lifestyle. That is until he encounters Alfred Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway). Pendlebury is a creator of novelty Eiffel Tower statues and upon meeting Holland, the two choose to combine their skills to monetary advantages. Recruiting help of Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty Fisher (Alfie Bass), the two men concoct a plot to steal large amounts of gold bullion.
With a comedy cast including Guinness, Holloway and James, the cast of this film is superb in acting capability and is never short of ability.
Script included, 'The Lavender Hill Mob' is a clever film. Whilst not of the same standard as 'The Ladykillers' (1955), this film is a good laugh and well worth of the title of Ealing.
All in all, like most good Ealing comedies 'The Lavender Hill Mob' is a fun film with a decent script. It's far from perfect and compared with rivals it's inferior, but with performances like Guinness, it's well worth a watch and it'll certainly provoke a fun reaction.
Director: Charles Crichton
Alec Guinness .... Henry Holland
Stanley Holloway .... Alfred Pendlebury
Sid James .... Lackery (as Sidney James)
Alfie Bass .... Shorty Fisher
Marjorie Fielding .... Mrs. Chalk
Edie Martin .... Miss Evesham
John Salew .... Parkin
Ronald Adam .... Turner
Arthur Hambling .... Wallis
Gibb McLaughlin .... Godwin
John Gregson .... Farrow
Clive Morton .... Station Sergeant
Sydney Tafler .... Clayton
Marie Burke .... Senora Gallardo
Audrey Hepburn .... Chiquita
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC Format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Chinese (Removable)
Colour: Black & White