The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 film that I bought as a part of this Alec Guinness box set for The Husband in my quest to keep him supplied with comedies that make for pleasant relaxation. I picked this particular one for tonight because, at 81 minutes, it's the shortest thing in the stack, and he wanted to make an early night of it. It's an Ealing Studios film directed by Charles Crichton, who also directed A Fish Called Wanda. Alex Guinness stars with Stanley Holloway, Sid James and Alfie Bass (who later was Mr. Goldberg in the TV series Are You Being Served). Audrey Hepburn has a small part in the first scene. The film won a couple of awards. It's on the Vatican Top 45 List in the "Art" category.
FilmReference.com says the film "remains lively, inventive, and a pleasure to watch." The New York Times says, "Jot it down as a picture that you will find it best to see at a moment when your mood is mellow and your sense of righteousness is slightly askew." RottenTomatoes.com gives it a 100% rating with 18 reviews reported.