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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lavender Hill Mob, 11 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Lavender Hill Mob (60th Anniversary Edition) - Digitally Restored [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
This is a great crime caper,and very much like the other Ealing Films,so if you like The Titfield Thunderbolt,Passport To Pimlico,and the other Ealing greats,i feel sure ,that this will please you.There is a great cast,Alec Guiness is overseeing the movement of Gold Bars,by van,he meets Stanley Holloway ,who plays a man that makes Eiffel Towers,and sends them to France.They hatch a plan,and steal gold bars,melt them down,and cast them as the Eiffel Towers.This gets the gold out of the Country,but,of course,it goes wrong,the gold ones get sold to tourists by a missunderstanding.There is some chasing around the Eiffel Tower,to get the gold back,(the mix up comes due to a similar sounding leter,R,and the Frence interpetration,gold R marked crates got sold).The action goes back to Blighty,and ends with a chase.The 2 stars end up stealing a Police Car,and a Policeman flags them down,for a lift,he stands on the runing board,and hangs onto the car.Not just a great Film,but a Social Document,can you imagine that today,hanging on to a moving car?There would be a risk assesment,high vis. waistcoats too.The Cop hears a radio message,and the villans get found out.Stanley Holloway gets caught,Alec Guiness escapes,he then spends time abroad,having parties,somewhere in the sun,i do not think a Country is mentioned.The Law then catches up with him,of course,the baddies never win in the old Films.I don`t know if this was Law,or just an unwritten Law.So a great tale,people like Sid James,in the smaller parts,and History for younger people to see.
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