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The Lavender Hill Mob

Year:
Duration:
78 min | UK:81 min
Genres:
Comedy | Crime
IMDB rate:
7.8
Director:
Charles Crichton
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1951-09-10
Filming Locations: Bank Underground Station, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Alec Guinness
Holland
Stanley Holloway
Pendlebury
Sidney James
Lackery
Alfie Bass
Shorty
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
William Fox
Gregory
Ann Hefferman
Kiosk Girl (as Ann Heffernan)
Jacques B. Brunius
Customs Official (as Jacques Brunius)
Eugene Deckers
Customs Official
Paul Demel
Customs Official
Andreas Malandrinos
Customs Official (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Cyril Chamberlain
Commander
Tony Quinn
Deputy Commander
Moultrie Kelsall
Detective Superintendant
Christopher Hewett
Inspector Talbot
Meredith Edwards
P. C. Williams
Patrick Barr
Divisional Detective Inspector
David Davies
City Policeman
Alanna Boyce
June Edwards (uncredited)
Johnny Briggs
Small Role (uncredited)
Peter Bull
Joe the Gab (uncredited)
Jacques Cey
Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Clarke
Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Coote
Waiter in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jacqueline Curtis
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Richard Davies
Police Driver (uncredited)
Patric Doonan
Craggs (uncredited)
Archie Duncan
Chief Cashier (uncredited)
Frank Forsyth
Minor Role (uncredited)
Patricia Garwood
Girl (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Charles Lamb
Mr. Richards (uncredited)
Desmond Llewelyn
Customs Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard
1st Man in Police Identity Parade (uncredited)
Marie Ney
School Headmistress (uncredited)
Frederick Piper
Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Robert Shaw
Chemist at Police Exhibition (uncredited)
John Warwick
Police Inspector at Squad Car Headquarters (uncredited)
Richard Wattis
Opposition MP (uncredited)
Neil Wilson
Squad Car Headquarters PC (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
T.E.B. Clarke was originally meant to do a sequel to the popular police drama, The Blue Lamp (1950), but he quickly decided he'd much rather write a comedy instead.
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Audrey Hepburn was considered for a larger role in this film, but stage work made her unavailable. Alec Guinness was impressed with the young actress and arranged for her to appear in a bit part. This is considered to be Hepburn's first appearance in a major film.
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Robert Shaw's first film. However, most of his performance ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Goofs
The daily papers announcing the heist are dated August 5 1950; however the evening paper, headlining the same news, is dated September.
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Henry Holland could not have been extradited from Brazil to Great Britain, as these countries had no such treaty at the time.
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When Holland and Pendlebury ascend the stairs drunk, Pendlebury loudly recites a piece of prose but his lips are obviously saying something completely different.
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Quotes
Pendlebury: Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these - it might have been.
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Pendlebury: I propagate British cultural depravity.
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Pendlebury: Guns, yes. It's essential we're armed. Here we are. Here's yours.
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Faq
Q
The girls in school are singing a song that Stanley Holloway later sings in "The Titfield Thunderbolt." Does anyone recognize it?
A
T.E.B. Clarke presumably chose the same song for both his screenplays, unless Holloway was so taken by the song that he picked it himself. It was "Jolly boating Weather" and is usually sung by Eton School.
Q
How are the Lavender Hill Mob caught?
A
We don't know, only that they are. It is usual in Ealing Comedies that the criminals get caught.
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Photos from cast
Michael Trubshawe