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The Lavender Hill Mob - Preview

The Lavender Hill Mob

Preview by Jack Foley

TO MARK the 60th anniversary of The Lavender Hill Mob, Optimum Releasing is re-releasing the film into cinemas on July 22 and on DVD and Bluray on August 1 – in a fully restored print.

Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) has worked faithfully for 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion.

A shy retiring man, completely inconsequential to his employers, he has long dreamt of a way to execute his plan of the perfect gold robbery – the only catch being how to move the gold on once stolen.

One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury’s smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France.

Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass). Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns.

Extras include an intro from Martin Scorsese, Restoration comparison, the trailer and a behind-the-scenes stills gallery.

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