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Ealing Studios Boxset 2

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC
Home Ent. Release Date:  15 Oct 2006
Cert:   Not Rated


THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) Holland (Alec Guiness), a shy retiring man dreams of being rich and living the good life. Faithfully, for 20 years, he has worked as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France. Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass). Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns. Running time: 81 mins THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953) When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line, a group of local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. Unfortunately this puts them into direct competition with the local bus company... Running time: 84 mins HUE AND CRY (1947) Hue and Cry has since become known as the first of the Ealing comedies proper, and was also the first to make brilliant use of post-war London outside locations. The story follows a boy who becomes convinced that a major heist is being planned and executed through the pages of boys’ weekly serial The Trump. Having been laughed out of the police station, he and the rest of his friends set about entrapping the culprits and exposing the plot. Running time: 82 mins DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) Starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers, Dead of Night represented a departure for Ealing from the classic comedy mould and is instead a spooky psychological thriller made up of 5 chilling ghost stories. An architect visits a country house only to get trapped in recurring nightmare involving tales of the occult told by fellow guests at the manor. Dead of Night preyed masterfully upon the traumatized country’s post war paranoia. Running Time: 102 mins

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