Mousy, anal bank clerk Henry Holland (Guinness) has overseen the transfer of gold bullion from the refinery to the Bank of England for nearly 20 years while looking for a chance to steal a shipment. When he meets Pendlebury (Holloway), a painter and sculptor whose plant makes die-cast metal souvenirs ("I propagate British cultural depravity!") and who is given to bellowing Shakespeare, he has the perfect accomplice. Of course, they need to lure a couple of tough guys to help out. The heist, though bumbled, is nevertheless successful within the first third of this delightful story, but a hitch develops involving the Eiffel Tower, and English schoolgirls on holiday in Paris. This sweet, gentle 1951 Ealing Studios comedy offers a charming crime story with no deaths or bad language. There's even a glimpse of delicious 22-year-old Audrey Hepburn in a walk-on early in the film. Screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke won an Oscar, and Guinness was nominated for best performance by an actor.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus