All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, a lovely old doll, well known to the police, and landlady to the shadiest bunch of characters in London!
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.
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.…
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…
"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…
The old lady, Mrs. Wilberforce, was by far the best thing about this movie. Very interesting premise. Probably a bit of a let-down overall. I really liked the ending, but once the movie had about 30 minutes left, I knew where it was going.
The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, and Jack Warner.
American William Rose wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay. He claimed to have dreamt the entire film and merely had to remember the details when he awoke.
One of, if not one of my all time favorite heist movies! I'll always have the fondest of memories of this movie. I first saw Jaws (My first movie) when i was three, and because i enjoyed that so much, i was immediately shown this. And since then, I've enjoyed it on video recorded off the TV. I've enjoyed it on DVD. And soon i shall enjoy it on blu ray.
Heist movies tend to work best with colorful, eccentric characters. Reservoir Dogs did it. Oceans movies have done it. Rififi. The Killing. The Italian Job. But this movie does it best. You've got the mastermind who has secretly spent time in a mental institute. The reluctant Nazi type character.…
i have heard so much about the Ealing comedies that I was always anxious to view one. Their reputation of being smart, yet dark and cheery was always appealing to me, but I never mustered the energy to seek one out.
I have finally remedied that by seeing THE LADYKILLERS and I must say that I am a little mixed on the matter. I did find it charming and humorous, but perhaps seeing it from this distance in time the black humor of it didn't seem as shocking as it must have been for those viewing it in the 50's.
In the end it works much better as a character study, particularly with Alec Guiness who gives a snake like…
Alec Guinness vs Little Old Lady.
THE LADYKILLERS isn't just the greatest of the Ealing comedies but one of the greatest of all comedies. Everything about this Alexander Mackendrick directed gem, from the inspired casting down to Jim Morahan's superb set design, is perfect. It's a black comedy on the theme of robbery and murder from the pen of the great William Rose and it features one of Alec Guinness' greatest comic performances, though it is Katie Johnson's Mrs Wilberforce who steals the film, (she won a BAFTA for her performance). The Coen Brothers remade the film, transferring the action to America's Deep South with Tom Hanks in the Guinness role. That version is funny enough but it is very small fry when compared with the original.
Ealing studio at its best. An ensemble cast to die for and an ode to that British love affair with campy whodunnits that has been sending flying kisses down from the silver screens to willing audiences for decades. A tattery old lady, a gentleman thief and his gang of thugs ... a recipe for the perfect comedy ! Charming indeed.
How did the Coens fuck up the remake so badly?
Charming, very cute, likable characters, and full of subtle Ealing Studios style British humor. Not Alec Guiness' best, but light years beyond Tom Hanks.
A group of criminals plot a robbery by acting as lodgers for an old lady, but when she discovers their scheme, she must be eliminated.
I’ve been a fan of this classic Ealing Comedy since I can remember, a family favourite, so you can imagine my excitement when learning that the Coen brothers had chosen this to be their first ever remake, and I don’t think they did a bad job, but you can’t ever better this hilarious black comedy.
A group of criminals disguised as a string quintet, including Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers, rent a room from an elderly lady as part of a sophisticated plot to rob a security van. All goes well until their plot is…
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 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!