Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Movie Staring Souvenir Buildings: The Lavender Hill Mob

The plot of the 1952 movie, “The Lavender Hill Mob,” centers around Eiffel Tower souvenir buildings. It’s a comedy about a meek clerk who plans a gold heist from the bank where he works. Mr. Holland, the bank clerk, decides the safest way to smuggle the gold out of the country would be in the form of Eiffel Tower paperweights. The grand scheme, naturally, goes horribly wrong. 1952-style hilarity ensues especially with a chase down the stairs of the Eiffle Tower. Staring a young Alec Guinness, who most people know today from his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the movie also contains the brief silver-screen debut of Audrey Hepburn. The film won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Check out the full move, below. If you want to just view the scene with the first gold Eiffel tower miniatures, scroll forward to 45:00 minutes. Have you seen other movies which star or contain souvenir buildings? Let us know using the ‘comment’ link below.

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