Movies that are slightly off.
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, ...
Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!! A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they are plotting to rob a bank and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage
The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun than I expected. The plot is amazing, the writing is great. In every single scene, everything that can go wrong-goes wrong. I actually meant to see the Coens version, but after I started the movie and realized it was the original, I said what the hell and watched this. Boy, am I glad that I did! Strongly recommended.
Professor Marcus: "What's that? Who's talking?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "Well, it's only General Gordon. He belonged to my late husband. I had four."
Professor Marcus: "Husbands?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "No, parrots. And now I've only three."
Professor Marcus: "Parrots!"
Boasting a killer cast of some of the finest names in British film history, this classic Ealing Studios caper is well worth your time. It is delightfully dark, macabre even as a gang of thieves headed by Alec Guinness's Professor Marcus make a base of sweet little old lady Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), making her complicit in their criminal plan at the same time. What Marcus and his gang don't account for though is the 'human element', their greatest adversary just so happens…
Who knew that a movie about exploiting an old lady could be this much fun?
The Ladykillers is nothing more than a calamity of errors. Five oddball characters lead by Alec Guinness decide to rent a room from an oblivious old lady and fool her into helping them steal £60,000. From the first minute I laid eyes on Guinness' appearance I knew this movie was going to be good - oh god that smile, he looks so hilariously deranged I couldn't help but laugh. In fact I liked all the characters in this movie, the five criminals are all completely different - you've got the big and dumb henchmen, the dark and mysterious rogue, the shifty and nervous right hand…
Why I watched this one? When I watched the Tom Hanks version of this movie....I was not even aware that the Hanks' movie was a remake. So ever since then I have been on the lookout for the original.
What is this one about? 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.
My thoughts on this one? I think if you took both movies and put them together you might have a good movie. I thought this one and the remake were both slightly better than average movies. For the perfect Ladykillers movie I would have Tom Hanks(remake), Peter Sellers (original), J.K.…
I saw the Coen brothers remake after it received a lot of press that this film was being remade. I hadnt seen the original but I love the dark brand of comedy the Coen brothers produce. However, when I watched the Coen brothers version of this film I was not overly enamoured. So when I came to watch the original I did so with bated breath. I couldn't imagine the Coen brothers doing a bad remake so I assumed the original material was bad. Oh how wrong I was...
This film is incredibly dark and exceptionally well put together. There are some superb camera shots and the director knows what he is doing. The way characters are introduced and the…
"I'm not chasing any parrot! I don't care if he's a field marshall!"
Remember those iconic Looney Toon where Yosemite Sam tries to woo the Grandma...this one reminded of that! featuring a buck toothed Alec Guiness who looks like a thinner version of Elmer Fudd! a brilliant supporting including an early role for the legendary Peter Sellers..Great one liners whilst short and sweet...far superior to the listless remake!
Interesting now to look back on this and see how Alec Guinness really dominated the casting here, with Sellers taking a definite backseat role. I had forgotten how almost intolerably frustrating the old woman could be, probably because I've known several people like that. Then there's this bit of info:
The producers originally rejected director Alexander Mackendrick's choice of Katie Johnson for the role of Mrs. Wilberforce on the grounds that she might be too frail for the project, and so they cast a younger actress - who died before filming began.
The biggest disappointment of this film is that Peter Sellers plays it mostly straight and I wanted him to go off the rails. Alec Guinness tho *ok sign emoji*
I have a lot of respect for this film because it's one of the earliest crime-comedies that I can think of off the top of my head and it blends the two in such a fun way throughout. It's not an easy balance to pull off and you can see how The Ladykillers has influenced a lot of more recent films that fall into this category.
I liked it, but I didn't love it, which was disappointing and unexpected. I do always enjoy the colors, sets, and manners of an Ealing film though.
So I finally saw one of the finest crime/comedy movies to ever grace the screen on blu ray!... Fucking AWFUL! A truly horrible blu ray. The transfer has little to no natural film grain, terrible coloring, and this fucking weird light. The disc itself was bright as fuck. The two black bars either side of the image, as the film is shown in its original aspect ratio of 1:37, burn a bright gray, which causes the dark scenes in the film to be a collage of grey with the moving characters coming and going in and out of shot. Very ugly looking, and it's a shame. This film deserves better. 60th anniversary edition my arse. Time for a 4K remaster…
Alec Guinness is a pretty talented dude
The very pinnacle of The Ealing Comedies, a sublime black comedy.
Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers and Danny Green are the crooks. Katie Johnson (BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role) is the old lady who gets in the way of their perfect crime.
Watch out for Jack Warner as (unsurprisingly) a Policeman and cameos from Frankie Howard and Kenneth Conor.
Forget the Coen's remake. Check out the original.
Absolute Bliss ...
Great performances all-around; Funny, dark, silly, and delightful.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…