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Big screen classics

The Ladykillers

+ intro by Mark Duguid, BFI National Archive Curator

This blackest of Ealing comedies features an innocent elderly landlady under threat from a gang of ruthless criminals.

Image from The Ladykillers + intro by Mark Duguid, BFI National Archive Curator

UK 1955
Dir Alexander Mackendrick
With Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker
91min
Digital
Certificate U

One of the darkest Ealing comedies, this pitches a motley crew of criminals against a sweet, unsuspecting, elderly landlady whose room their leader (Guinness) is renting for his headquarters; the best laid plans, however, fall foul of internecine’ rivalries. Seen by some as an allegory about the state of postwar Britain (or even Ealing Studios), it’s blessed with priceless performances.

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