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The Lavender Hill Mob review

The Ealing comedy gem gets a cinema re-release

Inflation may have dented the allure of its £1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold.

Alec Guinness is the lowly bank clerk turned master criminal with a plan to smuggle a truckload of stolen bullion out of the country in the shape of Eiffel Tower paperweights.

Cocking a snoot at the stuffy Establishment mores of ’50s Britain – all claustrophobic boarding rooms and straight-backed coppers – it’s a worm-that-turned classic from a bygone era.

Best bit? The smirk on Guinness’ face as he grabs a gun and lives the gangster dream: “Call me Dutch.”

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