The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

Director: Alexander MacKendrick Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom


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Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, Guinness can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Peter Sellers, homicidal Herbert Lom and punchdrunk Danny Green. The gang uses Guinness' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After pulling off the job, the gang stuffs the loot in a railway station locker. To avoid detection, Guinness convinces the ever-trusting Johnson to pick up the money. Through a series of comic complications, Johnson returns home with a police escort, with neither the woman nor the bobbies suspecting that she's carrying a fortune in her suitcase. Mistakenly believing that Johnson has ratted on them, the gang reluctantly plans to eliminate her. The Ladykillers won an Oscar nomination for William Rose's screenplay, and a BFA award for veteran character actress Johnson.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
UPC: 5055201813978
Original Release: 1955
Source: Ais
Sales rank: 42,977

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness Professor Marcus
Cecil Parker Maj. Courteney
Herbert Lom Louis Harvey
Peter Sellers Harry Robinson
Katie Johnson Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce
Danny Green One-Round
Jack Warner Police Superintendent
Frankie Howerd Barrow Boy
Philip Stainton Sergeant
Fred Griffiths Junk Man
Kenneth Connor The Cab Driver
Madge Brindley Actor
Helen Burls Hypatia
Harold Goodwin Parcels Clerk
Lucy Griffiths Actor
Stratford Johns Security Guard
Sam Kydd Actor
Robert Moore Actor
Ewan Roberts Constable
George Roderick Actor
Leonard Sharp Pavement Artist
Neil Wilson Actor
Michael Corcoran Actor
John Rudling Actor
Edie Martin Lettice
Jack Melford Detective

Technical Credits
Alexander MacKendrick Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Tristram Cary Score Composer
Alex Garfath Makeup
Jack Harris Editor
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Seth Holt Associate Producer
Dock Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Tom Pevsner Asst. Director
William Rose Original Story,Screenwriter
Chic Waterson Camera Operator

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The Ladykillers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The twists in this crime story are exactly what make it a comedy. This comedy is not as subtle as other British comedies of the era, but that just might make it more appealing to a larger audience. Even if you're not an Alec Guinness fan, you would enjoy this movie because it's the naivete of the little old lady that makes it resonate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago