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The Ladykillers (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955)

  • Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
  • Starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbet Lom, Danny Green
  • UK | 91mins | 1955 | rated (U)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 31m

65th Anniversary 4K restoration


Ealing Studios’ output from the 1940s and the 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. It fostered great directors such as Alexander MacKendrick and Robert Hamer, while giving stars such as Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers the chance to shine.

Director Alexander Mackendrick’s film centres on a criminal gang planning their next job, who find themselves boarding with an innocent old lady who thinks they are musicians.

This group of seedy misfits are planning a security van robbery and rent a room from Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) in her rickety Victorian house next to King’s Cross station from which to base their operation. To conceal their true purpose, they pose as a string quartet, though they cannot play a note and are in fact miming to a recording of Boccherini’s Minuet.

Mackendrick’s last film as director before his move to Hollywood, The Ladykillers remains one of the best British comedies ever made. With iconic performances from Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, The Ladykillers is quintessential Ealing.