The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers (1955)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Consensus: The Ladykillers is a macabre slow-burn with quirky performances of even quirkier characters.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

This comedy thriller is the best film to come from Ealing Studios for some time, and the combined talents of William Rose (writer) and Alexander Mackendrick (director) have produced a witty and original diversion.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Delightfully foolish.

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Mark Bourne

Director Alexander Mackendrick ... reached a masterful apex of sorts with this wickedly hilarious movie's precise balance of situational comedy and stark murderous callousness.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The architecture of the film - and buildings and angles are an integral part of why it works so well - rests upon the twin pillars of Katie Johnson and Alec Guinness.

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Cole Smithey

Nothing else like it.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

worthy to see heavily maked-up Guinnes and pre-panther Sellers.

Kate Muir
Times (UK)

One of the great Ealing comedies of the 1950s.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

As directed in a kind of damp, gray color palette by Alexander Mackendrick the film is one of the richest and most carefully-paced of the Ealing comedies.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Most of the slapstick set pieces warrant a polite smile rather than a hearty guffaw.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
Not as entertaining as the remake I felt, but was good to be able to compare the two, especially with the location differences as well.
Tim Salmons
Absolutely terrific. Funny and charming. I love this movie.
Aj V
A hilarious story, I loved it.
Devon Bott
Smartly written with a clever script, The Ladykillers features a young (and chubby) Peter Sellers in one of his early roles and Sir Alec Guinness channeling… More
Cindy I
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the person who recommended it to me, but the little old lady is worth the price of admission. UPDATE: Saw this… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Alec Guinness is a witty criminal brain with a creepy grin. He masterminds a caper with his not so bright colleagues using an old lady's house as front.… More

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