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The Lady Killers (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]


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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Danny Green
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Writers: Jimmy O'Connor, William Rose
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Seth Holt
  • Format: NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Full Screen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Maple
  • Release Date: Feb. 16 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG4Q6G

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In English comedy at its blackest (and funniest) pitch, this droll 1955 farce finds Alec Guinness in one of his typically deft, chameleon turns as would-be criminal mastermind Professor Marcus. When Marcus's grand plan to pull off a train heist leads him to a strategically situated house occupied by the genteel Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), the ensuing masquerade triggers a mordant, even macabre comedy of manners. With Marcus and his rough-hewn cronies (Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, and Danny Green) posing as a string quartet, and the dear lady's demise seen as the means to their larcenous end, the gang's sinister machinations are consistently, if unwittingly, foiled by the good-hearted, resourceful widow. --Sam Sutherland

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is a cute comedy starring of course Alex Guinness and a few other memorable actors such as Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, and Danny Green. It was interestingly pointed out to me that Alex's character Professor Marcus has a strikingly similar appearance of Alistair Sim. At first, you are caught up in the story and miss the entire inside jokes. Therefore, after watching the movie the first time be sure to look at the Blu-ray DVD extras and voiceovers that are supplied with the Blu-Ray version. Then watch the movie again and you will see all the marvelous things that they created that we missed that changes this movie from a three-star cute movie to an excellent production.

Some awfully strange and shifty characters rent a couple of rooms from what appears to be a ditzy old lady (Katie Johnson.) They pretend to be musicians each carrying their own instrument but when the chips are down the estimate that actually plays is the Victrola. Why are they there? We soon find out that they plan the perfect robbery and intend to include the innocent ditzy old lady as their patsy.

Of course, everything goes swimmingly well. Well maybe not that well as the robbery does not go as smoothly as planned and you think that some of the robbers will get apoplexy watching how close the money comes to being repossessed. Soon they realize that the ditzy old lady is not so ditzy and suspects their motives. Hence the title of the movie that could have been a play, "The Lady Killers."

Will they succeed?
Or will fait in the form of greed take a hand?
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Format: DVD
Alec Guinness is terrific here as the simpering, creepy criminal who uses a string quartet as a front for a huge theft. The base of operation for him and his fellow "musicians" is a room that he is renting in Mrs. Wilberforce's house. She's a kind, grandmotherly old lady who, in her own quiet and clueless way, manages to wreck all their plans.
The Ladykillers is a fantastic dark comedy; you might be shocked at how dark it can get, particularly when the frustrated criminals contemplate killing the old woman, an act made difficult by her age and general kindliness. The ending will have you hooting in delight and surprise. Really a great movie for those who savor irony and subtle humor, and who wish to see Alec Guinness in one of his greatest comedic roles.
The recent remake of the film is not worth watching. Though Tom Hanks is generally a fine actor, he does not hit the right note as the eccentric, scheming criminal; in fact, the entire remake doesn't capture the spirit of the original.
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Format: DVD
Alec Guiness IS Alaistar Sims As Professor Marcus! ( Yes,that's what the funny teeth are all about.). But I digress...
This film is one of those great dark comedies,that could only ever be made in Britain.An American version would fail outright. Alec Guiness is in top form as a clever conman,and his gang of off beat cronies. Alec Guiness takes up residence at the home of the kindly Mrs.Wilberforce,convincing her he's a director of a string quartet. ( a.k.a.his gang.).That's the basic premise. What happens from there is evil comedy! Is Mrs.Wilberforce a criminal accomplice or an unassuming one-woman police force? Eventually,she will have to be dealt with....but who's going to kill the sweet old lady? There,is where the real problems begin!
It's great fun,but be aware,it's a very meticulous comedy. That is to say it's not a "wacky" sort of comedy.It's a thinking sort of comedy,it's more like a Charles Addams cartoon humour.If you are a Peter Sellers fan,you may be a little disappointed,it's his first film,and he's not given a lot of lines as the teddy-boy thug.( But he does have a few silly moments.). This might also be Peter Seller's first team up with future Pink Panther co-star Herbert Lom (Inspector Dreyfus ),whom is the scariest member of "the gang".
Over all a brilliant Alec Guiness vehicle,and wonderful support performances all around.
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 7 2003
Format: DVD
I recently purchased The Horse's Mouth (1958) from Amazon as well as "The Alec Guinness Collection" which includes The Ladykillers (1955) plus four others: The Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), and The Captain's Paradise (1953). Frankly, I was amazed how well each of the six films has held up since I first saw it.
For me, the most memorable performance in this film is provided by Katie Johnson as Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce who rents a flat to Professor Marcus (Guinness) and his companions. The plot such as it is involves their theft of 60,000 pounds and subsequent efforts to remove it from a locker they have rented to store it temporarily. For about half of this film, brilliantly directed by Alexander Mackendrick (who also directed Guinness in The Man in the White Suit, 1951), Mrs. Wilberforce believes that Marcus and his friends are honest citizens and amateur musicians. When she learns that they are thieves, her first concern is not for her personal safety (which is never in doubt, anyway) but to return "the lolly" to its rightful owners. Complications include her elderly friends who appreciatively swarm around the Marcus group during a hilarious afternoon tea party. One development of special interest to me is the fact that, except for the psychopath Louis Harvey (Lom), the thieves do not want Mrs. Wilberforce harmed in any way and begin to feel protective toward her. This proves to be significant as the plot proceeds gracefully to a conclusion I did not anticipate.
Given the number of deaths which occur in this film, it seems inappropriate to describe it as "charming" and "delightful" but it is nonetheless.
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