The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Alec Guinness stars as Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to steal a million pounds worth of gold. Together with his friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of cockney crooks, they abscond with the gold and Henry melts it into a collection of souvenir Eiffel Towers, which he then ships off to Paris. But, of course, things don’t go exactly to plan…
One of the most successful films to come out of Ealing Studios, The Lavender Hill Mob is one of the most delightful genre comedies of all time.