The Ladykillers. Image shows from L to R: Major Courtney (Cecil Parker), Harry Robinson (Peter Sellers), Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), 'One-Round' Lawson (Danny Green). Copyright: Studio Canal.

The Ladykillers

1955 British comedy film about a gang of crooks. Stars Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and others.

The Ladykillers. Image shows from L to R: Major Courtney (Cecil Parker), Louis Harvey (Herbert Lom), Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness). Copyright: Studio Canal.

The Ladykillers

Classic Ealing comedy film starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. A gang of robbers meet their match in a little old lady

Genre
Film
Released
1955
Starring
Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Katie Johnson, Jack Warner, Philip Stainton and Frankie Howerd
Writer
William Rose
Director
Alexander Mackendrick
Producer
Michael Balcon

Mrs. Wilberforce is an eccentric old lady who lives in a house suffering from subsidence near King's Cross Station. She is offering rooms to let, an offer which is taken up by the sinister Professor Marcus.

Marcus claims that he wants to use the rooms so that he can practice with his string quintet, consisting of Major Courtney, Harry Robinson, 'One-Round' Lawson and Louis Harvey. In fact, they are armed robbers who use the the unwitting Mrs. Wilberforce to steal a large amount of money.

However, Mrs. Wilberforce discovers what is going on. After the robbers fail to convince her not to go to the police, they decide that the only way to get around the problem is to kill her, but does anyone have the guts?

Production Details

UK certificate
U
Duration
97 minutes
Release date
Thursday 8th December 1955
Distributor

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Soundtrack
Music composed by Tristram Cary, performed by the Sinfonia of London, conducted by Dock Mathieson.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 12:40pm on Film4

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