With the aid of two bumbling sidekicks, timid bank clerk Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) nearly gets away with the heist of the century—a million pounds of gold bullion melted down into Eiffel Tower paperweights. But the plan goes awry when some schoolgirls mistake the gilt treasures as cheesy Parisian souvenirs. “As the prim, innocuous civil servant with a hidden spark of nonconformity. . .Guinness describes his gleaming-eyed, bowler-hatted little man as the ‘fubsy’ type, and he’s an image of Everyman. . .Probably the most nearly perfect fubsy comedy of all time. It’s a minor classic, a charmer. Stanley Holloway is the genteel, artistic accomplice. . .”—Pauline Kael.
Appears in: Special Screenings
Other Films by Charles Crichton
“In this film based on a true story, Lancaster stars as convicted murderer and lifelong prisoner Robert Stroud. Forever isolated in solitary confinement, Stroud begins to develop an interest in injured birds, then how birds—and men—react to being caged. As much a chamber drama as a prison film, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ shows Lancaster at his …