All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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'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!
The Ladykillers was another of many other classics that are sitting on my watch-list but that changed today. I had more than one reason for being exited to see The Ladykillers a movie that was directed by the same guy who did Sweet Smell of Successes which is fantastic and on it's cast we could see actors like Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers and to add to that the movie has the reputation of being on the finest British movie ever.
The Ladykillers is Directed by Alexander Mackendrick and it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers Danny Green and Jack Warner.
"A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in…
One of Ealing Studio’s last comedies is among its very best.
A funny and dark Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness.
Urgh the whole way through I was distracted by who the Alec Guinness character was reminding me of. Is it someone from The league of Gentlemen? Toad loving Uncle Harvey maybe? Have they ever mentioned this film as an inspiration or anything?
A blackly comedic crime caper that works best at its most nasty. The conceit of these criminals trying to fool an old lady is one that's admittedly a bit thin, even for the film's 90 minute run time. The first hour or so is mainly built around these colorful characters trying to fool said elderly woman into believing they're musicians instead of criminals, which can only go so far without growing tiresome. Of course, there are plenty of funny moments had within the first hour or so, mainly due to the hilarious performances from Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Katie Johnson & Herbert Lom. Yet, the premise's comedic potential sort of wanes when it heavily relies on the sort of farcical antics…
Before the release of the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! I decided to watch the rest of their films that I haven't seen. Before watching their remake of this film, I decided I may as well watch the original first. It turned out a pretty big disappointment. The first like two-thirds of the movie did nothing for me. I didn't find it funny or interesting. The last third was quite good though and definitely brought it up, but it wasn't enough to save it. The cast is great, but the execution of the story is rather poor in my opinion. Luckily that last half hour or so makes it somewhat worth it. 6/10
Strong suspicion that the Studio Canal rip is a bit of a botch-job--everything looked overlit, and not in a plausible, studio-mandated way either: some of the whites were quite blinding. Couple this with the fact that the expository sequences in this are pretty boring and I started out the movie quite against it. But something happens when the plot kicks in, and suddenly it's quite fun, even remarkable. The whole thing revolves around the joke that old people are annoying and everyone wants to be rid of them--especially bank robbers. This joke is pretty tiresome when the variations are things like "she keeps bringing tea" or "she needs folks to feed her parrot" but becomes pleasingly absurdist when she ends…
this has been one of my fav films for a long time but i cannot put my finger on why.
this dark comedy is just so well-paced and brilliantly acted, it has just become a classic for me
and just seeing these 5 brutes helping around a smoll old lady just makes my life
The wholesome-ness to murder ratio is high
I just couldn't stand it no more.
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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…