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.
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Alec Guinness is a witty criminal brain with a creepy grin. He masterminds a caper with his not so bright colleagues using an old lady's house as front.
Classic British comedy with many pleasant twists and turns, and charismatic performances. Black humour with charm all over.
Too bad the mediocre Coen Brother's remake kind of ruined the original's fantastic ending for me.
Neat if rather musty, this is in Ealing's more sly comedic vein, although much broader than the rapier wit of Kind Hearts & Coronets. One can never quite dispel an air of smugness, although that might have been acquired by the film long after production with its slightly undeserved reputation. Nevertheless a mordant gavotte, despite the unnecessary insertion of Frankie Howerd's barrow-boy.
Petit bijou intangible de la meilleure comédie anglaise, à l'inoubliable humour britannique, qui reste un intangible chef-d'oeuvre produit par les fameux Ealing Studios à l'origine de bien des fulgurances cinématographiques de l'époque... www.cinefiches.com
To be fair, this is a fine example of the genre with a decent quantity of quirks and a well tempered plot development. It has that obligatory warm, colorful aura and sweet, naive dialogues and generally it's all nice and as expected. So, to be frank, it's not the film - it's me. Crime and comedy do mix...but more often, they don't in my book.