Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Ladykillers 1955

1955 British black comedy film

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Writer: William Rose

Cinematography: Otto Heller

Running time: 97 minutes

Country: United Kingdom

Tagline: Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!!

Alec Guinness as Professor Marcus
Cecil Parker as Major Claude Courtney
Herbert Lom as Louis Harvey
Peter Sellers as Harry Robinson
Danny Green as 'One-Round' Lawson
Katie Johnson as Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce
Jack Warner as the police superintendent
Philip Stainton as the police sergeant
Leonard Sharp as the pavement artist

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

  1. BAFTA Film Award- Best British Actress Katie Johnson- BAFTA Awards
  2. BAFTA Film Award- Best British Screenplay William Rose- BAFTA Awards

According to both Alexander Mackendrick and Alec Guinness, Mrs. Wilberforce's birds in the film were voiced by Peter Sellers.


5 stars out of 5 stars

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