A heist film with the Vatican’s seal of approval

A heist film with the Vatican’s seal of approval Sir Alec Guinness, star of 'The Lavender Hill Mob', and a convert to Catholicism. Photo: Allan Warren.
Starring Catholic convert Alec Guinness as a mild-mannered bank attendant who happens to be in charge of shipments of gold, The Lavender Hill Mob is a whimsical 1951 comedy made by Ealing studios. It gets onto the Vatican’s great films list from 1995 under the ‘art’ section. It is an odd choice for the Vatican’s…
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