The Ladykillers

  • Dir: Alexander Mackendrick

  • UK, 1955, English, 91mins, DCP

  • Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Katie Johnson

By all standards of Ealing Studios, renowned for its impeccable crop of classic comedies, Mackendrick's gleefully sinister crime caper is a strong contender for jewel in the crown. Alec Guinness plays the scheming Professor Marcus, who rents lodgings from Katie Johnson's diminutive busybody for his cadre of bank robbers, including Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. When the perennially nosey landlady rumbles their ruse, the gang plots to take her out, leading to a hilarious battle of wits between hardened criminals and unassuming pensioner. Gorgeous colour photography, quaintly cluttered production designs, delightfully outré performances and a devilish sense of humour have secured The Ladykillers' reputation as one of the best British films of all time.

BAFTA Awards: Best British Actress and Best British Screenplay

26/11 (Sat): Film talk with Lam Kam-po


    In-theatre Screening