The Ladykillers

78
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Crime Comedy
  • Release year: 1955
  • Running time: 97 min
Droll farce stars Alec Guinness as a would-be criminal mastermind Professor Marcus. When Marcus's grand plan to pull off a train heist leads him to a strategically situated house occupied by the genteel Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), the ensuing... read more
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Droll farce stars Alec Guinness as a would-be criminal mastermind Professor Marcus. When Marcus's grand plan to pull off a train heist leads him to a strategically situated house occupied by the genteel Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), the ensuing masquerade triggers a mordant, even macabre comedy of manners. With Marcus and his rough-hewn cronies (Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, and Danny Green) posing as a string quartet, and the dear lady's demise seen as the means to their larcenous end, the gang's sinister machinations are consistently, if unwittingly, foiled by the good-hearted, resourceful widow.

Original Release

12/08/1955

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Cast

Alec Guinness Professor Marcus
Cecil Parker Claude (a.k.a. 'Major Courtney')
Herbert Lom Louis (a.k.a. 'Mr. Harvey')
Peter Sellers Harry (a.k.a. 'Mr. Robinson')
Danny Green One-Round (a.k.a. 'Mr. Lawson')
Jack Warner The Superintendent
Katie Johnson The Old Lady - Mrs. Wilberforce
Philip Stainton The Sergeant
Frankie Howerd The Barrow Boy
Madge Brindley Large Lady
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Directors

Alexander Mackendrick

Writers

William Rose, Jimmy O'Connor

Cast

Alec Guinness Professor Marcus
Cecil Parker Claude (a.k.a. 'Major Courtney')
Herbert Lom Louis (a.k.a. 'Mr. Harvey')
Peter Sellers Harry (a.k.a. 'Mr. Robinson')
Danny Green One-Round (a.k.a. 'Mr. Lawson')
Jack Warner The Superintendent
Katie Johnson The Old Lady - Mrs. Wilberforce
Philip Stainton The Sergeant
Frankie Howerd The Barrow Boy
Madge Brindley Large Lady
Helene Burls Hypatia
Kenneth Connor Cab Driver
Sam Kydd Second Cab Driver
Michael Corcoran Burglar
Harold Goodwin Parcels Clerk
Fred Griffiths Junk Man
Lucy Griffiths Miss Pringle
George Hilsdon Security Van Driver
Stratford Johns Security Guard
Vincent Holman Station Master

Producers

Editors

Jack Harris

1957 Oscar Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original Nominated
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