70 years of The Lavender Hill Mob
Happy Birthday to “The Lavender Hill Mob” which turns 70 today!
Crime couldn’t be seen to pay in 1951 so the scheme is thwarted but, as with most Ealing comedies, the audience is willing on the main characters to succeed.
The post-war Ealing comedies tapped into the public mood, presenting tales of the small underdog battling a larger enemy, generally state bureaucracy or established institutions, and whilst the morals of the time couldn’t allow crime or rebellion to go rewarded, for a brief moment, audiences could will on the unlikely heroes.
The film also features Sid James, Meredith Edwards, John Gregson, and a brief cameo by Audrey Hepburn before she became an international star. The following year she was cast in “Secret People” which led to her successful screen test for “Roman Holiday“.
The film won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, the Academy Award for Best Story & Screenplay, and Alec Guinness was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar.
Starting with “Another Shore” in 1948, Holloway went on to star in the Ealing comedies “Passport to Pimlico” with Barbara Murray, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Charles Hawtrey, & Margaret Rutherford, “The Lavender Hill Mob”, “The Titfield Thunderbolt” with John Gregson, George Relph, & Sid James, and finally “Meet Mr. Lucifer” with Barbara Murray, Gordon Jackson, Joan Sims, Ian Carmichael, & Irene Handl.
Holloway is well-known to many as Eliza Doolittle’s father in “My Fair Lady” where he was reunited with Audrey Hepburn having both appeared in “The Lavender Hill Mob”.
Discover the full Ealing Comedies collection here and, should you be in the mood to re-watch the film, or discover it afresh, you can order the film on DVD or Bluray via Amazon here, or watch it on iTunes now.
As Alec Guinness was in a South American bar drinking cocktails in the film, charge your glasses with a mojito and raise a toast to “The Lavender Hill Mob” and the 70th anniversary!
Happy 70th to “The Lavender Hill Mob”!
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