Alexander Mackendrick's last Ealing comedy and certainly one of the best, William Rose received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Sir Alec Guinness stars in one of his most vivid disguises, in this killingly funny black comedy gem. The villains plot to kill the old lady who discovers their robbery. But the pensioner is not as harmless as she seems! A rare colour film from Ealing in the '50s, it was premiered in 1955 at the end of the Ealing Green period.
- The Ladykillers review by Victoria Sutton
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A classic from the golden age of cinema the Lady Killers is a very classy comedy. If you enjoy any of the classic Screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby or Arsenic and Old Lace this is definitely for you. Full of both dark and slapstick humour all the actors give solid performances, especially the menacing Alec Guinness who plays Professor Marcus and the sweet Katie Johnson who plays Mrs. Wilberforce. There are also memorable performances from well known actors Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom
Full of witty humour, suspense, twists, and turns, this is a treasured film, of which nowadays few are made.
Classic British Comedy - one of the best comedies ever made
- The Ladykillers review by PV
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This film is a classic. I believe the guy who wrote it was nominated and won an Oscar for his script too - and in my opinion, everyone should have won an award for being part of this wonderful film.
Perfect writing. perfect acting, perfect timing - a neat efficient plot with real laughs. One of the very best movies of all time - and possibly the best film Peter Sellers ever made. Alec Guinness superb, and the wonderful old lady who we are side with as the audience (the actress who plays her won a BAFTA for this).
If you have sat through the Tom Hanks black southern USA version of this, then you have my full sympathies.
If you haven't, don't bother and just rent this and watch it again and again. A masterclass in comedy.
5 stars with bells on. One of the best films ever made. Watch and learn.