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""Called """"one of the greatest comedies ever made by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE LADYKILLERS showcases Alec Guinness in one of his most unforgettable performances as Professor Marcus, mastermind of a gang of vicious bank robbers who rent a room from an elderly widow. But when the dear old woman begins to meddle in their """"perfect crime, the crooks decide that she might pose the biggest threat of all. Co-starring Peter Sellers in his first major screen role, THE LADYKILLERS remains one of the most ruthlessly black comedies of all time.""
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's a great movie - one of the best - and you can watch it repeatedly. But this DVD does not play in North America. Read morePublished 3 months ago by F. Koustrup
So funny, the little old lady in this movie is just too cute and the ending is very unexpected.Published 14 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
Professor Marcus (Alec Guiness) rents a room from kindly, old Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson). He tells her he's a musician as are his pals (including Peter Sellers and Herbert... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2011 by Kona
A gang of bank robbers pull off the perfect heist, only to be foiled by a little old lady. Not wanting to go to prison, they decide to kill her, but can these hardened criminals do... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2007 by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
Excellent movie, the British knew how to do it right. I love the Coen Brothers, but their remake of this comedy was lame, lame, lame!Published on Sept. 12 2004 by Kilgore
This is GREAT comedy, a la British! The plot is a gem, and the acting simply superb. To see Guiness, Sellers and Lom at the top of their form; and the "little old lady"... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Juan Oliver Colom
This movie is not in the least bit funny. I found it excruciatingly tedious and boring to watch. It ranks as one of the worst films I have ever seen. Read morePublished on March 30 2004
Ealing comedy at its zenith. Led by Alec 'Kenobe' Guinnes, a cabal or robbers hole up in the house of an elderly lady, Mrs Wilberforce, under the guise of a string ensemble. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Tony Hughes