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

Alec Guinness , Peter Sellers , Alexander Mackendrick    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The little old Ladykillers Aug. 17 2007
Format:DVD
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 it or will they turn on each other? Neither before nor since has any film combined such a balance of eerie atmosphere tempered with the charm of a bygone era. Comedy greats give wonderful performances, but are outclassed by the wonderful Katie Johnson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Mrs. Lopsided' steals the show Aug. 21 2011
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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 Lom) and they need a quiet place to rehearse their classical music. They are, however, a gang of robbers planning their next heist and they intend to use the old lady to pull off the job.

This drôle 1955 black comedy is from the Ealing Studio. The heist is carried out despite the old lady's constant, well-intentioned, and funny interruptions, she gradually realizes her part in it, and justice prevails with lots of giggles. Guiness, sporting a large overbite and flyaway hair, is charmingly devious as the gang leader, but it is the inimitable Katie Johnson who steals the show. She's so likable and convincing, completely inhabiting the role of the befuddled, sweet landlady who is blithely unaware she is surrounded by criminals.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy classic British comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Then there were none Aug. 3 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this, not the remake! July 18 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! June 21 2004
Format:DVD
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" is a treat. The suspense is unbearably funny and what a black comedy is all about. No holds barred here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wondered if you'd like some tea? Oct. 31 2003
Format:DVD
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. Mrs W eventually rumbles them and they agree there is no option left but to dispose of her. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned and string ensemble is whittled down to nothing in no time.
Comedy throughout, although a very real sense of the macabre helped by the backdrop of a dark marshalling yard to the rear of the property where the final scenes are played out. Beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Born Klutzes! Oct. 26 2003
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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