The Lavender Hill Mob Man In The White Suit The Ladykillers ...

02/09/2002
  |  Buy to Own: 02/09/2002
  |  346 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set featuring four classic Ealing comedies starring Alec Guinness. In 'The Lavender Hill Mob' (1951) gold bullion delivery man Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) gathers together a gang and puts together the plans for a heist, intending to smuggle the gold out of the country by melting it down into miniature models of the Eiffel Tower. All goes well until the consignment of models becomes muddled up with another, non-golden batch. In 'The Man in the White Suit' (1951) Sidney Stratton (Guinness again), a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that, if it never wears out and never gets dirty, people will never have to buy any new clothing. In 'The Ladykillers' (1955) landlady Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) believes her new lodger, Professor Marcus (Guinness), and his associates to be amateur musicians. However, they are in fact the perpetrators of a bank heist, looking to whisk their ill-gotten gains out of London. All goes well until Mrs Wilberforce is persuaded by Marcus to claim his 'trunk' from the station; it is only then that the criminal's carefully laid plans begin to go awry. Finally, in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him.