Saturday, May 3, 2008

Best of British Films - 10

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Directed by Charlie Chrichton and starring Alec Guiness and Stanley Holloway, this marvellous film is about a timid bank clerk (Guiness) who is about to be moved to a new department after many years. He takes issue with this and decided that he can use his existing position – overseeing gold bullion deliveries – as a chance to get his own back. Thus a grand scheme is hatched to rob the next delivery, with the help of a couple of crooks – Sid James and Alfie Bass. The plan takes them to France, but of course things don’t go totally smoothly… Wonderful plotting and dialogue helped earn this the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay,
while Guiness was nominated for Best Actor.

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