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The Ladykillers (PG)

26 October

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Ealing Studios’ flawless The Ladykillers, the first ever 4K restoration of the 1955 black comedy has been mastered from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative, showcasing director Alexander Mackendrick’s vision in its full glory.

The Ladykillers follows the hilarious capers of a group of small-time crooks, taking on more than they can handle in the form of their sweet, but slightly dotty, elderly landlady Mrs Wilberforce (BAFTA Award-winning actress Katie Johnson; How To Murder A Rich Uncle). This group of seedy misfits are planning a security van robbery and rent a room from Mrs Wilberforce 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.  The gang pull off the robbery but none of them could have predicted that their greatest obstacle to escaping with the loot would be their tiny hostess.

The Ladykillers features an all-star line-up of the finest comedy actors of the era: Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob), Cecil Parker (A French Mistress), Peter Sellers (I’m All Right Jack), Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther) and Danny Green (A Kid For Two Farthings).

  • Director Alexander Mackendrick
  • Cast Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
  • Country UK
  • Year of production 1955
  • Running Time 1h27m
  • Certificate PG
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