The Ladykillers

  • U
  • Alexander Mackendrick (1955)
  • UK
  • 86 min
The Ladykillers
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

A supreme blend of the seedy and the sinister, this was Ealing's last post on the comedy front - indeed, the studio was shutting up shop as this film went on release. Directed by a mischievous Alexander Mackendrick, it has a gang of ruthless thugs being stymied by a dotty innocent (the fabulous Katie Johnson as their landlady). This is British comedy at its best, with eccentric characters never for a second seeming out of place in the most everyday locations. Alec Guinness and his minions (among them Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers) are a marvellous collection of misfits, but they lose every scene to the Bafta-winning Johnson.

Plot Summary

Classic Ealing black comedy starring Alec Guinness and Cecil Parker. A gang finds its plans for an audacious robbery hindered by an eccentric old landlady.

Cast and crew

Cast

Professor Marcus
Alec Guinness
Major Courtney
Cecil Parker
Louis
Herbert Lom
Harry
Peter Sellers
One-Round
Danny Green
Mrs Wilberforce
Katie Johnson
Police superintendent
Jack Warner
Police sergeant
Philip Stainton
Barrow boy
Frankie Howerd
Cab driver
Kenneth Connor
Lettice
Edie Martin
Detective
Jack Melford

Crew

Director
Alexander Mackendrick

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Aug 2002
Certificate U
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Drama