The Ladykillers Poster

Release Date: 1955

DVD Release Date: September 10th, 2002

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) likes to report suspicious behavior to the police. Unaware of her reputation, the dapper thief Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) rents rooms in the elderly widow's home for himself and his band of cohorts. Posing as a string quintet, the thieves pull off a bank robbery, but slip up in front of the old woman as they try to escape. Agreed that they need to murder her, the bumbling crooks wind up double-crossing each other and slowly killing themselves off.

Cast: Alec Guinness, Katie Johnson, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Frankie Howerd

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Ealing Studios, The Rank Organization [gb]

Keywords: 1950s, Hilarious, Rivalry, Police officer, London, Escape, Amusing, Murder


Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Original)
Winner British Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)
Winner British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)