The Ladykillers (1955) 1080p YIFY Movie

The Ladykillers (1955) 1080p

The Ladykillers is a movie starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and Cecil Parker. 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...

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  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.73G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 91
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 2

The Synopsis for The Ladykillers (1955) 1080p

A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve.


The Director and Players for The Ladykillers (1955) 1080p

[Director]Alexander Mackendrick
[Role:]Cecil Parker
[Role:]Herbert Lom
[Role:]Peter Sellers
[Role:]Alec Guinness


The Reviews for The Ladykillers (1955) 1080p


A timeless classic of British comedy - 82%Reviewed byBenjamin_CoxVote: 8/10

Every New Years Eve, I promise myself that I will watch more older movies over the course of the forthcoming 12 months. And, like most New Year's Resolutions, it's forgotten about after a mere three weeks. But it turns out Fate doesn't quit so easily - I kept missing this when it kept popping up on Freeview a few weeks back and lo and behold, my Better Half tracks down the DVD and surprises me with it. So it was that I found myself enjoying this veritable comedy classic from the greatly missing Ealing Studios which, despite a fairly recent Hollywood makeover, still holds its own against its contemporaries thanks to tight scripting, brilliant performances and a wickedly simple story that can't help but entertain.

Just around the corner from Kings Cross station in London lives aging spinster Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) who is in sore need of company and advertises the rooms in her secluded house to let. Which is ideal for master criminal Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) who is planning a heist and needs somewhere for his cohorts to hide after the job. Duping Mrs Wilberforce into thinking they are practising musicians, it seems like the perfect plan... but plans always have a flaw and sometimes, they can be fatal.

The original version of "The Ladykillers" is a superb example of how to make a comic thriller that doesn't rely on anything other than the script and the actors. Guinness, as far removed from Obi Wan as you can imagine, excels as the charismatic charmer but each member of the cast holds their own including a young Peter Sellers and his "Pink Panther" co-star Herbert Lom. Johnson, however, is the true star - being both vulnerable and innocent yet steely and determined when need be. Credit must also go to screenwriter William Rose for an absolute peach of a story - it does feel a little theatrical at times but it has a charm and heart behind it, mocking the criminal's dim choice of plan as well as the system, manifesting as disbelieving police officer Jack Warner of "Dixon Of Dock Green" fame. At a little over 90 minutes duration, modern film fans may feel a little short-changed but any extra material that could have been squeezed out of the material would have felt like filler - a point proved by the Coens in 2004 when their version didn't exactly set the world alight.

Of course the technical aspects of the film haven't survived too well - obvious blue-screening (not green) and lousy stunt mannequins are to be expected but they do detract slightly from what is otherwise an excellent picture. I defy anyone who can find it not to laugh at a film which is both funny and tense at the same time. It might be old-fashioned but this murderously macabre masterpiece is a true landmark picture in British cinema and remains one of the all-time greats. Even more surprising is how it manages to be better than a fistful of recent films I could mention, despite being nearly sixty years old. Imagine Jesse Owens beating Usain Bolt in the 100m final - true class never fades.

Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.Reviewed bybluenotejazzVote: 10/10

Where did they dig up Katie Johnson? How she balances the act of a sweet old lady who is respected yet still patronized with the toughness of a strong woman who upholds justice is a joy to watch. All the while completely unawares of the true danger surrounding her. Her performance is simply great and side-splittingly funny. The rest of the cast display their usual talents, particularly the fumbling of Cecil Parker and the mean looking Herbert Lom. It's also interesting to see a very young Peter Sellers who would soon hit his stride a few years later. The dark lighting and moody scenes are perfect for this comedy and are very typical of British films of the era, so the look is familiar right away as you begin to watch. The "Tea Party" scene is just a riot. Odd to see so many negative comments on the film - it's one of if not the best Ealing film and deservedly regarded as one the best comedies of all time. They just dont make them like this anymore.

A classic crime comedy that evidently can't be updated.Reviewed byAnonymous_MaxineVote: 7/10

The humor in this movie is not only British, which is notoriously misunderstood by American audiences (and vice versa), which is odd because both the writer and director were American, but it is also now five decades old. Only the best American comedies have lasted anywhere near that long (consider, for example, the sad fate of many of the movies that people thought were really funny in the 80s ? Police Academy, anyone?). The reason The Ladykillers has not only survived but has now been remade is because the comedy in it is not only effective, but it is intelligent, and it is very difficult not to be impressed by a comedy with a brain.

Alec Guinness is in top form as the leader of the gang, whose members reflects criminals of all walks of life. The ingenious plan is to rent out a room from a sweet old lady while they pull off a heist. The comedy, for me, lies in the difference between what is planned and what is played out, particularly in the difficulties that the gang of criminals have in outsmarting a sweet old lady who acts like a grandmother supervising a group of unruly grandchildren.

The problem that the movie has is that the pace is very slow and much of the comedy has faded over the years, but structurally and intellectually it remains a respectable film, even more now in comparison to its disastrous remake. What went wrong in the remake is that they did not maintain who the character of Mrs. Wilberforce was, because it was the juxtaposition of her as a frail old woman surrounded by toughened criminals that made it funny when things kept going wrong in their plan. In the remake she is replaced by Mrs. Munson, a tough-talking woman who was to be feared from the outset. There is no irony in being overpowered by someone more powerful than yourself from the outset, which I imagine is why the remake also featured Marlon Wayans and a case of irritable bowel syndrome, which I have never seen used in an even remotely amusing way.

While the original film may be a bit too slow for modern audiences, it is indeed charming the way 87-year-old Mrs. Wilberforce continually foils their carefully thought out plans, many times inadvertently. Alec Guinness is wonderful as the band's leader, wearing outrageous false teeth, nearly rivaling Lon Chaney as the man of a thousand faces, and Peter Sellers is one of the criminals as well. I'm no expert about British comedies or Alec Guinness' early works, but I can certainly tell enough from watching this movie that the Coen Brothers' remake did nothing to impress the British about Hollywood's respect for the classics.

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