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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers (1955)

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Writers: William Rose (story), William Rose (screenplay)
Cast: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Katie Johnson, Danny Green
Genre: Crime Caper Comedy

"Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians."

This was an easy watch and a fun way to pass a rainy night. I can't say it was anything special, but it was quaint, like a cup of warmed over tea, not exactly fresh or inspired but still soothing enough.

Left to right: Katie Johnson, Danny Green and Peter Sellers on violin.

By far the best part for me was the Old Lady, and yes she was called just that in the movie. She was also called Mrs. Wilberforce, which is kind of a funny name for a charmingly festive and well mannered character. The Old Lady was played by Katie Johnson and she's a gem.

I didn't really warm up to the other actors the five robbers, aka Lady Killers. I thought Alec Guinness would be a stand out but he wasn't really. The fake overbite teeth didn't help me to warm up to his character either. I thought Peter Sellers too would be a laugh riot, but he didn't really get many lines, I guess this was early on in his career.

The best character was the big goofy guy named One-Round (Danny Green). He was funny, but the best part was when all the other little old ladies came to tea which put a monkey wrench into the would-be robbers plans.

Nothing real original here, and this is a PG type movie and despite it's name, no ladies were killed...Just a nice jaunt for an easy watch.