My parents took me to see "The Ladykillers" when it first came out in England in 1955--I loved it then, and I have never changed my mind. It is my favourite Ealing comedy. I will try not to duplicate other comments, but I'm pleased to see that the other reviewers think as highly of this film as I do.
Of course Sir Alec--with those horrible teeth and hair--is marvellous, but this gem is very much an ensemble piece. The rest of the "gang"--cocky young Peter Sellers--guilt-ridden Cecil Parker--dim, thuggish Danny Green--nasty, impatient Herbert Lom--are all terrific in support. As for Katie Johnson, she achieved some sort of cinematic immortality, as the sweet, little, old lady, who quite innocently undermines the gang, and its dream of enjoying the stolen "lolly". Also watch out for reliable Jack Warner playing--as always--a policeman, and a riotous cameo from a young Frankie Howerd.
The DVD is nice--the colour is pretty decent for a 48-year old film. Well done, Anchor Bay !
If you like British comedy from what many consider to be its "golden age", owning "The Ladykillers" is not a luxury--it is a necessity.
P.S. If anyone from Anchor Bay reads this, how about a nice DVD of "Genevieve " ?