The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

The Lavender Hill Mob
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TitleThe Lavender Hill Mob
Original TitleDelor En Barres
Year1951
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreComedy (Movies)
CollectionRobbery
Run Time1h 21 min
Director

Henry Holland is dining with a fellow Briton in a posh restaurant in Rio de Janeiro where he is well known. He relates a story explaining his presence in Rio. It seems he was an apparently unambitious London bank clerk in charge of gold bullion deliveries for over 20 years. He had a reputation for fussing over details and suspecting all cars he observed following the bullion van, but all in all appeared to be a man dedicated to his job and the gold’s security. In fact, he had hatched the “perfect” plot to steal a load of bullion and retire. The one thing stopping him had been that selling the gold on the black market in Britain was too risky, and he was at a loss as to how to smuggle it abroad.

One evening a new lodger – artist Alfred Pendlebury – arrives at Holland’s boarding house in Lavender Hill. Pendlebury owns a foundry that makes presents and souvenirs that are sold in many resorts, including foreign ones. Noticing how similar the foundry is to the place where the gold is made into ingots, Holland decides that the ideal way of smuggling the gold out of the country would be as Eiffel Tower paperweights sold in Paris, and puts this hypothetically to his new friend: “By Jove, Holland, it’s a good job we’re both honest men.” “It is indeed, Pendlebury”.

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Henry Holland is dining with a fellow Briton in a posh restaurant in Rio de Janeiro where he is well known. He relates a story explaining his presence in Rio. It seems he was an apparently unambitious London bank clerk in charge of gold bullion deliveries for over 20 years. He had a reputation for fussing over details and suspecting all cars he observed following the bullion van, but all in all appeared to be a man dedicated to his job and the gold’s security. In fact, he had hatched the “perfect” plot to steal a load of bullion and retire. The one thing stopping him had been that selling the gold on the black market in Britain was too risky, and he was at a loss as to how to smuggle it abroad.

One evening a new lodger – artist Alfred Pendlebury – arrives at Holland’s boarding house in Lavender Hill. Pendlebury owns a foundry that makes presents and souvenirs that are sold in many resorts, including foreign ones. Noticing how similar the foundry is to the place where the gold is made into ingots, Holland decides that the ideal way of smuggling the gold out of the country would be as Eiffel Tower paperweights sold in Paris, and puts this hypothetically to his new friend: “By Jove, Holland, it’s a good job we’re both honest men.” “It is indeed, Pendlebury”.

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